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  • 1.
    Aare, Cecilia
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Journalism.
    A Poetry of Grayness: Stig Dagerman's German Autumn as Postwar Reportage from Germany2022In: The Routledge Companion to World Literary Journalism / [ed] John S. Bak; Bill Reynolds, London: Routledge, 2022, p. 107-117Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Tysk höst (German Autumn) is perhaps the most famous Swedish reportage book from the twentieth century. It was written as a series of reportages by the young author Stig Dagerman and depicts the life of ordinary people in Germany in 1946. Themes such as suffering, guilt, and feelings of dejection are discussed, framed by an atmosphere of grayness. The reader is invited to empathize, not with certain individuals but rather with anyone who is cold, hungry, and bereaved of their beliefs. This chapter explores how these themes are made universally human by an advanced literary technique. Dagerman links the abstract to the concrete, the argumentation to what he has observed on the spot. This is achieved through figurative language, where key words are repeated, gradually transforming them in meaning and blurring the line between illustrated scenes and metaphors. The result becomes a paradoxical kind of gray expressiveness, where the power of the language seems to contradict the gloomy content.

  • 2.
    Adelgren, Astrid
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Swedish Language.
    Darmaros, Marina
    Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil.
    Dinheiro, de Victoria Benedictsson: Uma tradução a quatro mãos e quatro línguas2020In: Cadernos de Literatura em Tradução, ISSN 1981-2558, no 22, p. 226-240Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [pt]

    Victoria Benedictsson foi uma das figuras-chaves do “Grande Avanço Moderno” sueco, que precedeu mudanças essenciais para que a sociedade escandinava se tornasse mais igualitária – e uma das mais igualitárias do mundo – em termos de gênero. O trecho do romance Pengar (“Dinheiro”) vertido aqui pela primeira vez ao português brasileiro é fundamental para se compreender também o pensamento da autora e seu suicídio, que destituiu a cena literária e feminista prematuramente de um de seus ícones.

  • 3.
    Afzal, Amina
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
    The Beauty and the Beast: Magical Realism in Salman Rushdie’s Shame2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Mild psychological effects, such as sleep-deprivation, on an oppressed and tortured human being can be characterized as “normal”. However, Shame by Salman Rushdie uses magical realist style to describe the psychological effects of shame in a patriarchal society which is based on capitalistic class values. This essay will focus on the Marxist feminist reading of the novel with a psychoanalytical perspective which is going to help analyse the effects of the oppressed female characters, Bilquis Hyder, Sufiya Zinobia and Rani Harappa.  The essay focuses on different incidents in the lives of these characters with the help of critics such as Aijaz Ahmad and Timothy Brennan. Both have written critically about Rushdie. This essay will discuss the different aspects of Marxism, feminism as well as psychoanalysis and connecting them to the novel, which would give the answers as to what shame can do to a person’s psyche. The Beauty and the Beast fairy-tale gets a different perception in this story, as Sufiya Zinobia is both the characters in one.

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  • 4.
    Ahlsén, Agnes
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
    Det är förstås lite konstigt att vara flicka: En queerfeministisk läsning av fyra Sigge Stark-romaner2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In this essay, I make a queer feminist analysis of four novels written by the Swedish author Sigge Stark. The novels are: Uggleboet, Manhatareklubben, Cirkus Demonio och Baskerflickan. Using Judith Butler's theories I examine the relations between sex/gender and sexuality in the four books and show how the construction of gender is performed and the heterosexual normativity is jeopardized. I also examine whether, and if so how, Sigge Stark uses the romantic and the gothic genres to include transcending gender identities and sexualities in her work. The essay also includes a contextualisation of her prerequisities as an author and the necessity in performing a critical analysis of mass produced romantic literature.

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  • 5.
    Bark Persson, Anna
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Gender Studies.
    Notes Towards Gritty Fantasy Medievalism, Temporality, and Worldbuilding2022In: Fafnir: Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, E-ISSN 2342-2009, Vol. 9, no 2, p. 69-81Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article discusses gritty fantasy, a fantasy subgenre, which was established in the early 2000s and has since gained a lot of traction. In previous research, gritty fantasy has often been understood as a deconstructive form of fantasy that draws on the barbaric Middle Ages and subverts fantasy tropes as a reaction against earlier forms of popular fantasy. I examine, rather, the genre’s relation to the medieval and its depictions of power. Drawing on queer temporality and theories on fantasy literature and worldbuilding (Mendlsohn; Roine), I approach gritty fantasy first and foremost as a form of fantasy literature, placing it within the context of speculative fiction and asking what it does as a fantastic literature.

  • 6.
    Berglund Lindberg, Victor
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
    Didaktisk potential från Vittula: En litteraturdidaktisk studie av Mikael Niemis roman Populärmusik från Vittula2021Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this paper is to analyze the didactic potential of Mikael Niemis novel Popularmusic from Vittula as it relates to working with the fundamental values of the Swedish schoolsystem from two perspectives. The first of these relates to how the novel portrays gender, witha particular focus on masculinity and how it interprets itself, femininity, and the world aroundit. The second of these perspectives relates to how it portrays the national minority grouptornedalingar and their situation in Sweden. This paper aims to illustrate not only how thesetwo perspectives are portrayed but motivate why they are useful in the work with fundamentalvalues.

    To answer these questions this paper utilizes the qualitative method of close reading in theanalysis of Niemis novel. The theoretical lense through which this is done includes researcherMalin Alkestrands definition of didactic potential as well as a repertoire of gender study andpostcolonial terminology, such as otherfication, masculinity and boyology. The study findsthat the didactic potential of Mikael Niemis text as it relates to gender lay in how it breakswith the traditional gender norms of rural masculinity. Another important factor is how thetext highlights the role of femininity and music in shaping the new male identity of thenovel’s protagonist, Matti. The study also finds that the didactic potential in Niemis portrayalof tornedalingar lay in its emphasizing of the political nature and origins of the historicotherfication of said ethnic minority. 

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  • 7.
    Bertilsdotter Rosqvist, Hanna
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Nygren, Anna
    University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
    O’Donoghue, Sarinah
    University of Aberdeen, UK.
    Title: Earthlove–Theorising Neurodivergent Reader Love of A Room Called Earth2023In: Journal of Language, Literature and Culture, ISSN 2051-2856, Vol. 70, no 1, p. 25-37Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper is a neuroqueer reading of the novel A Room Called Earth (2020) by Madeleine Ryan. In the paper, we explore and theorise a neuroqueer reading practice. Ryan’s novel depicts a neurodivergent experience of life and the world, through a neurodivergent literary form and style. Reading as neurodivergents, the content and the form melt together–it is more than ‘literary style’, it is a way of existing. This reading, and our writing about our reading, is not neutral. It is an engaged and personal reading, where we let our reading subjects fuse with the text. Important in our neuroqueer reading practice is the context of reading and writing. In the article, we explore how sharing our readings in a neurodivergent collective opens up an understanding of the world, the text, and ourselves, which works both as a healing process and sharing of experiences of sensory desires. We argue that the neurodivergent experience is different when experiences as a collective rather than individual experience–the feelings of reading, becomes when shared, something more and other. Earthlove is, through our reading, an experience of sensory/textual desire, and neurodivergent collective acts of love and self-love. Reading it feels like love. 

  • 8.
    Bjelkendal, Ebbe
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
    Every Body in its Place: The reproduction of inequality by way of education in Metropolis and Snowpiercer 2020Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    With increasing inequality in the world, having knowledge about the apparatuses maintaining unequal social structures is important. Utopian and dystopian science fiction films are a good source for analysis of social structures, due to their inherent interest in social critique and the role of semiotics in the spreading of ideology. This essay examines how ideology is presented and represented in the science fiction films Metropolis and Snowpiercer. Within a Marxist theoretical framework, the essay analyses the presence and actions of ideological state apparatuses in the films, with a secondary focus on how the ideology on display is presented to the viewer. The analysis of the films shows that several different ideological state apparatuses, such as school and politics, are represented in the films. The apparatuses are also shown to use a variety of pedagogic actions for teaching the dominant ideology of the respective film’s ruling class to the citizens of the films, such as lecturing, singing and communicating through clothing and architecture. The analysis also shows that while two different political ideologies are represented in the films, corporatism in Metropolis and neoliberalism in Snowpiercer, both ideologies serve the same purpose of maintaining the capitalist order of the films’ societies: the division of labour. The essay argues that the findings of the analysis motivate a Marxist approach to teaching, in order to actively work against inequality and provide all students with a well-rounded education, no matter what social class they belong to.

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  • 9. Björck, Amelie
    Sonja Åkesson2008Book (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Björkman, Dawid Leonard
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
    ”Clint Eastwood med disktrasa”: En narrativ innehållsanalys av läromedel utifrån ett genusperspektiv2016Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study is to examine how the male characters are portrayed in the television series »Livet i bokstavslandet« based on Connels (1995) theory hegemonic »masculinity« and Butlers theory »gender performativity« and examine if the male characters challenge or maintain gender.

    The study proceed from the following questions:

    • Does the male characters in »Livet i bokstavslandet« challenge or reproduce traditional gender roles?
    • Are the male characters »participant«, »subordinated« or »marginalized« based on Connells hegemonic masculinity theory?

    A narrative content analysis has been conducted. The theoretical framework of the examination is based on men and masculinities studies, from a post-modern influenced perspective. Butler's concepts of performativity are of importance in this study. The results of shows, in conclusion, that »Livet i bokstavslandet« does neither challenge nor negotiate new gender roles. From a performativity point of view, the conclusion is that the series maintains prevailing gender roles.

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  • 11.
    Bonnarp, Lovisa
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
    Popular Culture as Resistance: The Dual Critique of Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This essay aims to examine Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games, a dystopian novel, using Marxism, a utopian ideology, and also to highlight the dual critique presented by the book. This essay will use Marxism’s view on ideology and mass culture to analyse The Hunger Games. The essay argues that the power structure in the novel is critiqued from a classically Marxist perspective, based on class theory. Because the novel has a reality-show inspired element it also addresses more postmodern ideas as well, i.e. ideas of late capitalism and its influence on today’s society.

    The Hunger Games was published in 2008, the same year that the financial crisis hit America. The book follows 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen who lives in District 12 in the future dystopian world of Panem. The leaders of Panem live in the Capitol, from where they control the twelve surrounding districts with an iron fist. Part of their control is enforced by the Hunger Games in which a boy and a girl from each district compete until only one survivor is left each year.

    The essay finds it interesting to bring out the Marxist critique in The Hunger Games since it is written by an American author and has found most of its popularity in America, a country that has a complicated historical relationship with Marxism and communism ever since the Cold War. The Marxist critique in The Hunger Games makes the book quite radical, especially considering its place of publication and the socioeconomically fraught time in which it was published.

    The Hunger Games contains two different kinds of critique: the book’s critique of today’s society, and the main character’s critique of the fictional society in which it is set. The essay suggests that readers of The Hunger Games have found that by reading about the main character’s critique of the society she lives in, they might themselves become more interested in viewing their own society in a more critical way.

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  • 12.
    Bulatova, Asiya
    University of Warsaw, Poland.
    Estranging Objects and Complicating Form: Viktor Shklovsky and the Labour of Perception2017In: Transcultural Studies, ISSN 1930-6253, Vol. 13, no 2, p. 160-176Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In Viktor Shklovsky’s essay “Art as Device” habitual perception is described as a dangerous practice, which renders one insensitive to the experiences of modernity. Importantly, the subjects’ automatized relationship with the surrounding world disrupts their ability to engage with objects. Rather than being experienced through the senses, the object is recognized through an epistemological (preconceived) framework. As a result, Shklovsky argues, “we do not see things, we merely recognize them by their primary characteristics. The object passes before us, as if it were prepackaged.” By making the usual strange Shklovsky’s technique of estrangement promises a relief from an alienating, consumerist experience of modernity, which “automatizes the object” instead of enabling perception: “in order to return sensation to our limbs, in order to make us feel objects, to make a stone feel stony, man has been given the tool of art.” In this article I trace the development of Shklovsky’s views on literature and the arts as an alternative way of experiencing objects in his writings during and after the Russian Revolution. I will pay particular attention to the relationship between things and words in Shklovsky’s writings produced during his exile in Berlin in 1923. The publication of the Berlin-based magazine Veshch/ Objet /Gegenstand in 1922, shortly before Shklovsky’s arrival, signals a rejection of both recognition and observation as passive consumerist practices. Instead, the manifesto published in the first issue of the magazine invites its readers to create new objects, which here is inseparable from thecreation of new social formations. I will argue that Shklovsky’s 1923 writings provide a rethinking of the word “object” in society, literature and the arts. The function of art is not to “express what lies beyond words and images,” in other words, not to point to a referent that exists as a ‘real’ object, but rather to create a world “of independently existing things.”

  • 13. Bulatova, Asiya
    From Food for Thought to Scientific Food Rationing: Viktor Shklovsky’s Case against Censorship2019In: Modernism and Food Studies: Politics, Aesthetics, and the Avant-Garde / [ed] Jessica Martell; Philip K. Geheber; Adam Fajardo, Miami: University Press of Florida, 2019, p. 229-244Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 14.
    Bulatova, Asiya
    University of Manchester, United Kingdom.
    ‘I'm writing to you in this magazine’: The Mechanics of Modernist Dissemination in Shklovsky's Open Letter to Jakobson2014In: Comparative Critical Studies, ISSN 1744-1854, E-ISSN 1750-0109, Vol. 11, no 2-3, p. 185-202Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 15.
    Chaker Al-Zoubeidi, Sara
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
    Brobyggare eller förstärkare av ”den Andra”?: En innehållsanalys av två skönlitterära svenska barnböcker2020Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Literature can today be used as a tool to promote fellowship within the society, to build bridges and create an understanding of other ethnicities and cultures. Therefore, as teachers it can be beneficial to analyze stories and break down the content and then create new content with the students without any preconceptions regarding "the Other". This study is based on the method qualitative content analysis, with focus on close reading. The theoretical framework for this study is based on the post-colonial theory and the perspective of power. Which will be used to examine two Swedish children's books and how the characters are presented. In this study, I argue that norm-deviating conceptions tend to be more visible when it comes to people with a non-Swedish background.

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  • 16.
    Dahlander, Gustav
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
    Måltext i Midgård: Ohlmarks Härskarringen och översättandets normer2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study considers Härskarringen (1959–61), a Swedish translation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (1954–55), within the framework of translation studies and the description of norms within different fields of translation. As the work’s position as a translation has been questioned by a number of critics, the aim of the study is to identify features of the text which can be associated with this critique. The methodology employed by the study aims to separate departures in the target text from the source text within fields such as semantics and style. The departures are then ordered on the basis of linguistic form. The study suggests that the translation contains a number of features, and proposes possible explanations for these, based on the result of the study in relation to these points of departure as well as the circumstances in the context of the creation of the translation. The method used is partly based on a model developed by Rune Ingo (1991), and the results are analyzed by means of key concepts from Yvonne Lindqvist (2002). The study concludes that Härskarringen should be considered a work done mainly in accordance with an acceptable translation strategy, and thereby has characteristics of a low prestige translation. The study further considers that the critics of the translation hold, seemingly, that The Lord of the Rings should be translated as high prestige literature, and that they have reacted against the translation consequently. The study suggests that the reason for the questioning of Härskarringen’s position as a translation seems to be that the work has not been translated in accordance with the norms of the literary field to where it is today attributed. The critique can partly be viewed as a result of a raised status of The Lord of the Rings and J. R. R. Tolkien, and thus of the mobility of a work within the literary system.

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  • 17.
    del Valle Alcalá, Roberto
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, English language.
    Specters of Utopia in Mary Barton2023In: Studies in the novel, ISSN 0039-3827, E-ISSN 1934-1512, Vol. 55, no 3, p. 253-266Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article offers a substantial reinterpretation of Mary Barton in terms of Robert Owen's ideas, especially as outlined in his early tract A New View of Society. The article contends that Gaskell's novel stages a significant reassessment of the transformative possibilities of nineteenth-century paternalism. It also suggests, drawing on the work of Jacques Derrida, that the reformist aspirations of a utopian thinker such as Owen can only be articulated "spectrally" in the context of Victorian class conflict: that is, by positing the kind of presence that only an irremediable absence can enable and register.

  • 18.
    del Valle Alcalá, Roberto
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, English language.
    Unworking community: cultural imaginaries, common life, and the politics of division2020In: Journal for Cultural Research, ISSN 1479-7585, E-ISSN 1740-1666, Vol. 24, no 2, p. 113-125Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The theorisation of community as a central aspect of culture remains one of Raymond Williams’ most notable contributions. This article revisits some of its central points and critical contexts with the aim of interrogating the continuing relevance of community to any cultural project committed to the political critique of capitalism. The principal focus of the article rests on the notion, already advanced by Williams in the fifties, that any radical project of social transformation must necessarily target the dynamics of division without which capitalism itself is inconceivable. In its attempt to reconstruct the political significance of community, the article examines Williams’ debate with fellow British New Leftist E.P. Thompson and his own modified understanding of the concept in later years across the critical contexts that shaped it. The article ultimately argues (via a series of literary and historical references, including a discussion of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe) that the social project of capitalism is inseparable from a strategy of ‘unworking’ or disarticulation of common life.

  • 19.
    Elander, Mia
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
    The Representation of Space in The House on Mango Street: A literary analysis with pedagogical implications for upper secondary students2020Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This essay explores the power dynamics embedded in the construction and perception of spatial environments in the novel The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. With the help of Henri Lefebvre’s theory of space as a socially constructed phenomenon and practice, this essay argues that the characters’ experience and perception of spaces in the novel including the house and the street are entangled with the dominating forces related to gender, identity and patriarchy in the surrounding society. The essay also argues that the novel apart from revealing these power dynamics, also, through its protagonist Esperanza suggests a new kind of space, an alternative and more just space for the individual and the community. Additionally, this essay also discusses and elaborates on the pedagogical implications of using the novel with a focus on space for upper secondary students. An investigation of how individual and social spaces functions in different ways in the novel provides valuable opportunities for teachers and students to reflect and discuss power relations, social injustices and inequities in their community, and allow them, as the protagonist Esperanza, to imagine alternative and more just spaces. 

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  • 20.
    Flodqvist, Emma
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, English language.
    Formation Within the Nation: Migration and Marginalization in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Migration and its consequences are often discussed in contemporary postcolonial discussions. This topic of migration is central in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah. Adichie’s portrayal of the migrating subject has placed her in the center of the Afropolitan discussion about transnational Africans and their right to represent. This essay aims to bring this discussion to light. Furthermore, with the use of Benedict Anderson’s ideas of nations as imagined communities, Edward Said’s definition of Orientalism, and Homi K. Bhabha’s concept of mimicry, this essay intends to illuminate the colonial discourse of Americanah’s America. I argue that the novel’s protagonist Ifemelu’s migration to the land of the free is bordered by remnants of colonial discourse, placing her within a western array of marginalization. As Ifemelu struggles with issues connected to her migration into a culture that marginalizes and discriminates under the proud flag of “the American Dream,” she is forced to resort to mimicry of western traits, to get access to western privilege. I contend that the mimicry of western traits consequently reduces her presence in America to partial.

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  • 21.
    Fogelberg Rota, Stefano
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Comparative Literature.
    Cristina di Svezia eroina nella Historia di Galeazzo Gualdo Priorato del 16562022In: Quaderni Veneti. Studi e ricerche, ISSN 2610-8941, Vol. 6, p. 73-85Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Galeazzo Gualdo Priorato’s Historia (1656) is not only arguably the first biography of Queen Christina of Sweden (1626‑1689) but it also provides a model for the interpretation of her life that influenced biographers over three centuries. This essay investigates Gualdo’s rhetorical strategies and their connection with Christina’s propagandistic aims. Focus is devoted to the author’s conjoint explanation of her abdication and conversion to Catholicism according to which the first is the result of the second; an interpretation that forgoes other reasons for her renunciation of the throne and that would be largely adopted by later biographers.

  • 22. Gedin, David
    et al.
    Lindén, ClaudiaSödertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Comparative Literature.
    Att skapa en framtid: kulturradikalen Anne Charlotte Leffler2013Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 23.
    Granath, Sara
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Comparative Literature.
    Leffler, texten och kroppen2013In: Att skapa en framtid: kulturradikalen Anne Charlotte Leffler / [ed] David Gedin och Claudia Lindén, Stockholm: Rosenlarv , 2013, 1, p. 121-133Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 24.
    Gustafsson, Anna
    Södertörn University, Lärarutbildningen.
    Genus i barnboken: En undersökning om hur flickor och pojkar skildras i barnböcker2011Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this research is to analyze six children’s books from a gender perspective and thereby investigate in what way boys and girls respectively are portrayed in books.

    My general question is:

    How are boys and girls portrayed in children’s books?

    This question has been broken down into four minor questions:

    What type of clothes are the people wearing? Are people predominantly male or female? Have people specific attributes which are linked to their sex? Are people performing specific actions which are linked to their sex?

    In my research I have combined quantitative and qualitative methods and my theoretical framework has been gender.

    This study reveals a change in children's books with respect to how the different genders are portrayed. The progression is towards a more equal portrayal but despite this, patterns typical for the respective genders shine through.

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  • 25.
    Gutsch, Maria
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
    ”Många gillar ju inte att läsa, men många gillar det också.”: Gymnasiepojkars beskrivning av de textvärldar som de möter under sin fritid samt under svensklektionerna2017Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Reading comprehension among boys is something that has deteriorated over the years. But is it so that boys do not read or do they just read things that does not count? Today there is an expanded textual concept. This means that even movies, comics, games, music and images counts as text, not just printed words on paper. I therefore want to investigate how boys in upper secondary school describes the text they encounter during their free time as well as the texts they encounter in school during the subject of Swedish. I want to see how their attitude is to these two textworlds. Six interviews with six diffrent boys from a upper secondary school north of Stockholm has been made. They are all in the alignment electricity program and are now in the second grade. They have all been reading the course “Svenska 1, 100p”. At first, the respondents said they did not read or meet text during their free time. They pointed out that they did not read books. When the respondents then learned that text could be more than only books, their answers changed and a textworld was created. The respondents describe the textworld in their free time as primarily screen-based. This is where they create a community with their friends and the texts has also the function to pass time. In the subject “Svenska 1” the respondents describe the textworld as non-screen based. They mean that they mainly read books. On the other hand, they see this as a positive thing as they are confident that the teacher chooses the "right" books and that they will learn something from it. This result shows that boys are reading, but usually not books. In the texts they encounter, one finds mostly male main characters. They are often supernaturally strong and smart and are classified as superheroes.

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  • 26.
    Hellmark, Helena
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
    [HASHTAG] Värdegrund: En narratologisk studie över hur värdegrundsdilemman gestaltas i två ungdomsromaner2019Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study is to examine how the basic values ​​dilemma is narratively embodied in the youth novels # Seriöstdeträckernu (Long, 2017) and Hungerspelen (Collins, 2008). The research questions of the study are: • How is the narratology presented, based on how, plot, time, narrator, characters are presented? And which themes and motifs concern the novels?

     • What similarities and differences can be detected between the selected novels in question of narration, themes and motifs?

    This study have been conducted with a literature analysis, where aspects such as the novels' plot, temporality, narrative, themes, motifs and characters have been analyzed. The analysis shows that by constructing the novels' plot based on the classic dramaturgical curve, the readers´ interest in the fable is increased. The themes and motifs of the novels concern subjects such as human rights and equality, which correlates to the core values within the Swedish school.  Intimacy and identification between the reader and the main characters is created by the use of internal focalization and a self-narrative perspective. This invites the reader to reflect on the dilemmas the characters encounter and how they might possibly think of acting in similar situations.

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  • 27.
    Holmgren, Ola
    Södertörn University College, School of Gender, Culture and History, Comparative literature.
    Brudarnas och emigranteposets källa2009In: Vidare med Vilhelm Moberg: åtta forskare om hans författarskap / [ed] Ingrid Nettervik, Anna Williams, Stockholm: Carlssons , 2009, p. 79-93Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 28.
    Hägerbäck, Alvin
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, English language.
    The Conflicting Nature of King Henry’s Power in Henry V2021Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This essay will focus on Henry V, one of William Shakespeare’s historical plays. The protagonist, King Henry V, is a character who holds immense control and prominence in the play and is therefore central to most analyses of it. Previous research has explored how power is portrayed in the play, as well as various aspects of its power structures, such as the relationship between the soldiers and the king as well as the liability for the inevitable death that accompanies battle. Based on this earlier research, this study investigates Henry’s attempted unification of his army as well as the question of responsibility and how these aspects affect the king’s power. It argues that Henry’s dynamic and sometimes ambivalent approach to these aspects help him maintain and further his power, by doubling down on his powerful position while still avoiding any negative repercussions. 

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  • 29.
    Kella, Elizabeth
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, English language.
    Affect and Nostalgia in Life-Writing of the Polish Diaspora2015Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper examines the affective landscapes of Poland, Canada, and the US in Eva Hoffman’s autobiographical account of her immigrant/exilic life in Lost in Translation (1989). Hoffman’s reputation as a writer and intellectual was launched with this autobiography. Hoffman left Poland for Vancouver with her Jewish family in 1959, when she was 13, and lived there until college in the US, where she made her career. She lives today primarily in London. Hoffman’s autobiography is divided into three parts, dealing first with Poland, then Canada, then the US. 

    Hoffman's text explicitly thematizes nostalgia. Hoffman affirms her nostalgia for her Polish childhood with a postmodern awareness. Though Lost in Translation has been celebrated for its self-reflexivity and its treatment of the links between language and subjectivity, some scholars have been highly critical of the “nostalgic” view of Poland. Hoffman's work is clearly invested in the dynamics and the affect of remembering and forgetting particular times and particular places. In this paper, I examine Hoffman's understandings of nostalgia, and of the affective landscapes with which she engages. Poland, Canada, and the US have powerful associations, but I focus on primarily on Poland and Canada, emphasizing the overlooked importance of Hoffman's Canadian years.  I am particularly interested in exploring how affect—defined roughly as “something that moves, that triggers reactions, forces, or intensities . . ., simultaneously engaging the mind and body, reason and emotions” (Berberich, Campbell and Hudson 314), and including the affect of nostalgia—is represented and textually communicated with readers. Thus, I look at the effects of Hoffman’s privileging of lyricism as a mode and mood for life-writing.

  • 30.
    Kella, Elizabeth
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
    Countering Captivity in Popular Genres: The Only Good Indian and Older Than America.2013Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper examines the appropriation and redirection of the Gothic in two contemporary, Native-centered feature films that concern a history that can be said to haunt many Native North American communities today: the history of Indian boarding schools. Georgina Lightning’s Older than America (2008) and Kevin Willmott’s The Only Good Indian (2009) make use of Gothic conventions and the figures of the ghost and the vampire to visually relate the history and horrors of Indian boarding schools. Each of these Native-centered films displays a cinematic desire to decenter Eurocentric histories and to counter mainstream American genres with histories and forms of importance to Native North American peoples. Willmott’s film critiques mythologies of the West and frontier heroism, and Lightning’s attempts to sensitize non-Native viewers to contemporary Native North American concerns while also asserting visual sovereignty and affirming spiritual values. 

  • 31.
    Kella, Elizabeth
    Södertörn University, School of Gender, Culture and History, Comparative literature.
    Critical Relations: Indian Orphans Move Back Home in Works by Leslie Marmon Silko and Linda Hogan2010Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 32.
    Kella, Elizabeth
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication.
    “Dark Matter” and ”Minor Transnationalism” in Toni Morrison’s A Mercy2011Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 33.
    Kella, Elizabeth
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
    “’Impersonating the Self’”: Grotesque Subjects in Joyce Carol Oates’s Academic Novel Mudwoman2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 34.
    Kella, Elizabeth
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
    “Restorative and reflective nostalgia in life-writing of the Polish diaspora: Eva Hoffman and Lisa Appignanesi”2014Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper compares Eva Hoffman’s representation of Poland and its effect on her immigrant/exilic life in Lost in Translation with Lisa Appignanesi’s representations in Losing the Dead. Their works are published about 10 years apart. While Lost in Translation has been viewed as an important work expressing a postmodern awareness of the links between language and subjectivity, a few scholars have been highly critical of the “nostalgic” view of Poland that Hoffman presents. Losing the Dead, though different tone, is also invested in the dynamics of remembering and forgetting. The author has very few first-hand memories of her childhood in Poland, however, and her work of postmemory thus straddles the borders of biography, family history, and memoir. Svetlana Boym’s discussion of restorative and reflective nostalgia provides an important framework for a comparison of these two works’ representations of Poland. While it is tempting to view Hoffman’s work as an example of restorative nostalgia and Appignanesi’s as an example of reflective nostalgia, I argue that these distinctions are not clear cut, and the representations of Poland in these two works complicate Boym’s typology.

  • 35.
    Kella, Elizabeth
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, English language.
    Review of: a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 27.1 (2012)2013In: American Studies in Scandinavia, ISSN 0044-8060, Vol. 45, no 1-2, p. 174-176Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 36.
    Kella, Elizabeth
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, English language.
    Suspect Survival: Matrophobia in Postmemory Generational Writing2019In: American, British and Canadian Studies, ISSN 1841-1487, E-ISSN 1841-964X, Vol. 33, p. 89-117Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Family and kinship carry special significance to Holocaust survivors and their descendants. In autobiographies and family memoirs, writers of what Marianne Hirsch terms the postmemory generation employ different narrative strategies for coming to terms with the ways in which the Holocaust has marked their identities and family ties. This article focuses on women’s writing of the postmemory generation, examining three works in English by daughters of survivors in the UK, the US, and Canada, written during the 1990s. It investigates the narrative strategies used by Anne Karpf, Helen Fremont, and Lisa Appignanesi to represent maternal sexual agency and vulnerability in a survival context. It suggests that these representations are strongly influenced by matrophobia and matrophilia, defined as the conflicting dread of becoming and desire to be one’s mother, which are themselves strongly conditioned by Holocaust history, particularly the gendered history of vulnerability among women in open hiding during the war.

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  • 37.
    Kella, Liz
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, English language.
    Holmgren Troy, Maria
    Karlstad University.
    Wahlström Henriksson, Helena
    Uppsala University.
    Bilda familj: Om föräldralösa barn, släktskap och nationsskapande i samtida amerikanska romaner2015In: Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, ISSN 1654-5443, E-ISSN 2001-1377, Vol. 35, no 4, p. 11-32Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 38.
    Kleberg, Lars
    Södertörn University College, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES).
    Förord2008In:  Brevväxling från hörn till hörn / av Michail Gersjenzon och Vjatjeslav Ivanov / [ed] Lars Kleberg, Stockholm: Ersatz , 2008, p. 7-18Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 39.
    Kleberg, Lars
    Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES).
    Ivan Aksenov’s Novel The Pillars of Hercules2012In: Aksenov and the Environs = Аксенов и окрестности / [ed] Lars Kleberg, Aleksei Semenenko, Huddinge: Södertörns högskola , 2012, p. 105-121Chapter in book (Refereed)
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  • 40.
    Kleberg, Lars
    Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES).
    Translations and Translators in Swedish Literary History2012In: Rethinking Cultural Transfer and Transmission: Reflections and New Perspectives / [ed] Petra Broomans, Sandra van Voorst, Groningen: Barkhuis, 2012, p. 61-74Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 41.
    Korek, Janusz
    Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES).
    Tajemnice tożsamości: o prozie Michała Moszkowicza /Secrets of identity: about Michał Moszkowicz's novels2013In: Między językami, kulturami, literaturami/: Polska literatura (e)migracyjna w Berlinie i Sztokholmie po roku 1981 /Between Languages, Cultures, Literatures: Polish (E)migration Literature in Berlin and Stockholm after 1981 / [ed] Ewa Teodorowicz-Hellman, Janina Gesche, Stockholm: Slaviska institutionen, Stockholms universitet , 2013Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The article discusses the work of the émigré writer Michał Moszkowicz. After a brief presentation of his biografy  and an analysis of his key novels, the author of the article concludes that - contrary to popular opinion expressed by reviewers - the most important issu in this prose is not multiculturalism, not the transcending of language barriers, or the attempt to understand Otherness (with the writer's biografy suggests). Moszkowicz's novels are, however, - as evidenced by the article - very Polish, arch-Polisch. This is not only because Moszkowicz writes in Polish and refers to the tradition of Polish literature but also because he fights with Polishness. Polishness which irritates him, which sometimes hurts, but which is always very important to him. The most important issue in Moszkowicz's novels is not the matter of the social, cultural, or national affiliation of his hero but an analysis of the transformation of his individual identity.

  • 42.
    Källström, Lisa
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Rhetoric.
    Axelsson, Marcus
    Høgskolen i Østfold, Norge.
    Flickan med den gula regnjackan: Greta Thunberg som agent i översatt barn- och ungdomslitteratur2023In: HumaNetten, E-ISSN 1403-2279, p. 21-45Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med artikeln är att undersöka hur läsaren uppmuntras att hantera de frågor som tematiseras i ett urval böcker om Greta Thunberg och hur agens (både läsarens och Gretas) gestaltas genom text och bild.1 Vårt material är två böcker om Greta Thunberg som har givits ut på de tyska, franska, engelska, danska, italienska och svenska bokmarknaderna. För att problem-atisera och fördjupa vår studie av bokomslagen undersöker vi också de ”att-göra-listor” som har bifogats några av böckerna. Det gör vi för att studera den roll som läsaren tillskrivs. De verbaltextliga elementen analyseras med utgångspunkt i systemisk-funktionell grammatik och illustrationerna med retorisk bildanalys. Med detta som utgångspunkt frågar vi: hur kommer Gretas och andra barns agens till uttryck?

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  • 43.
    Lane, Tora
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Philosophy.
    Conjuring Life: Magic in the poetics of Marina Tsvetaeva2013In: Poznan Slavic Studies, ISSN 2084-3011, no 4, p. 239-251Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 44.
    Lane, Tora
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Philosophy.
    Giving away the giving: Love according to Platonov in 'Reka Potudan'2014In: Med blicken österut: hyllningsskrift till Per-Arne Bodin / [ed] Ambrosiani, Per Löfstrand, Elisabeth Teodorowicz-Hellman, Ewa, Skellefteå: Artos & Norma, 2014, Vol. 23, p. 207-216Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 45.
    Lane, Tora
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Philosophy.
    The poetry of poverty: 'Poėma Lestnicy' by Marina Cvetaeva2013In: Russian literature, ISSN 0304-3479, E-ISSN 1878-3678, Vol. 73, no 4, p. 591-617Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The article presents a reading of Marina Tsvetaeva's 'Poema lestnitsy' (1926) as a critique of the reifying ontology of modern society. The back staircase of the poor becomes the locus of a burning lyrical revolt by the elemental nature of things against their objectifying use. I argue that the poem's social and lyrical pathos was inspired by Vladimir Maiakovskii's 'Oblako v shtanakh' (1914-1915), but that the theme may also be related to a Modernist ontological debate. The poem presents a metapoetic image of the elemental, non-reifiable poetic world and its resistance to commodification.

  • 46.
    Lane, Tora
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Philosophy.
    The "secret fire" of living life: Marina cvetaeva's demonic poetics2013In: Scando-Slavica, ISSN 0080-6765, E-ISSN 1600-082X, Vol. 59, no 1, p. 58-79Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article discusses the demonic poetics that the Russian Modernist poet Marina Cvetaeva develops in a series of articles that she wrote in the 1930s, with particular focus on The Devil (1935) and Puškin and Pugačev (1936-1937). I examine the demonology as a means of treating the question of the nature of poetic language. I relate this question to the notion of a Poetry of Intent that Cvetaeva developed in 1924, and to the Romantic tradition as a ground for her Modernist poetics. The central question that governs Cvetaeva's demonic mythologizations is what it is that separates literature, conceived as poetry or romance, from other forms of speaking or imagining the world. I show that Cvetaeva gives more or less the same answer to this question in all these essays, and that is that literature in a secret and oblique way can speak of living life, that is, life in its living form, beyond the categories of representation.

  • 47.
    Larson, Kate
    Södertörn University College, School of Gender, Culture and History, Comparative literature.
    "Det korta uppehåll mellan impuls och handling, där en tanke kommer in": Simone Weil om avskildhetens betydelse2009In: Svensk teologisk kvartalskrift, ISSN 0039-6761, Vol. 85, p. 98-107Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 48.
    Lennerhed, Lena
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, History of Ideas.
    Hjältar för en dag: Folket och färden i Tomas Löfströms sjuttiotalsromaner2014In: Upplysningskritik: Till Bosse Holmqvist / [ed] Anders Burman, Inga Sanner, Stockholm: Symposion Brutus Östlings bokförlag, 2014, p. 124-135Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 49.
    Lindén, Aurora
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
    Har provocerande litteratur en plats i svenskundervisningen?: En granskning av American Psychos didaktiska potential2022Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    “Does provocativeliterature have a place in Swedish courses in high school? An examination of the didactic potential of American Psycho”. The essay aims to examine the didactic potential of the novel American Psycho with the support of the theoretical concept of alienation and Rita Felski's four aspects of reading (recognition,enchantment, knowledge, shock). By highlighting the defamiliarizationeffects that exist in the novel's duplications and extremes, the result shows a variety of didactically relevant questions. Among other things, the alienating effects show how the shifts in aspects could arise regarding issues concerning identity, human conditions and the view of society and people. Consequently, the results show that provocative literature, and in particular American Psycho, can be motivated on the basis that it challenges the student to new thoughts and opensnew perspectives, despite controversial and provocative content.

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  • 50.
    Lindén, Claudia
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Comparative Literature.
    Ann-Charlotte Leffler: I krig med samhället: och andra texter. Förord, urval och introduktioner Claudia Lindén2013Collection (editor) (Other academic)
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