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Tusen motstridiga röster: Tvära kast, djupa tröstlösa lidanden, och extrema sinnestillstånd i noveller av Ulla Bjerne
Södertörn University College, School of Gender, Culture and History.
2005 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

This study examines four short stories- “Gudarnes like”, “Vänner”, “Lolo” and “Kvinnor” - in a novel called Upptäckter written by Ulla Bjerne in 1918. My aim has been to study whether Bjerne in these stories writes from a New Woman- position. The New Woman novel as a genre flourished around the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. I have also studied whether Bjerne in these short stories uses a melodramatic style. Drawing on arguments from, among others, Peter Brooks, Thomas Elsaesser and Richard Murphy, I have focused on the melodrama in her text.

My conclusion is that Bjerne is talking about women’s struggle – the impossibility of a combination of work and love- and how the men are hopelessly behind. The aim to use melodrama could be that it works as a strategy, to make a strong criticism about certain times. My point is that by using melodrama Bjerne succeeds to picture a new subjectivity for women and she also succeeds to reflect the conflicts through women’s own experience. The theme is the same in all the four stories, but I have found that in only three of them, Bjerne is using melodrama as a tool. In one of them, she uses parody instead as a way of talking about the New Woman and her struggle.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. , 37 p.
Keyword [en]
Literature
Keyword [sv]
Litteraturvetenskap
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-114OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-114DiVA: diva2:15195
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humaniora/teologi
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Available from: 2005-03-09 Created: 2005-03-09

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