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  • 1.
    Alenius, Filippa
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    "I Can't Help What's Past!": Mourning and Melancholia in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this essay is to present Nick's, Gatsby's and Daisy's relations to their pasts, as they have the strongest connections to their previous history. In particular focus will be on what constitutes their losses from a psychoanalytic perspective, and the Freudian framework of mourning and melancholia will be applied. In his work from 1917, Freud claimed that both mourning and melancholia are responses to loss. However, mourning is seen as the healthy and conscious response to loss, whereas melancholia is a pathological and paralyzing response. Therefore, I interpret the novel as an exploration of how the different attitudes towards loss affect the main characters and their relation to the future.

    As this essay will show, both Nick and Daisy display mourning, in contrast to Gatsby who represents the more pathological state of melancholia. This results in Gatsby's unwillingness to let go of the past, and causes his obsession with having it repeated. Nick and Daisy, on the other hand, have an awareness of their losses, which eventually leads to an acceptance and therefore detachment from what they have lost.

    In Chapter One, a few of the critical readings of the novel that are relevant for the essay will be summarized, as well as a deeper explanation of Freud’s framework and his theory regarding mourning and melancholia. An introduction to the Lost Generation will also be provided, together with modernism and the American Dream, as they deepen the understanding for the novel’s historical and societal context and connect with the themes of loss, mourning and melancholia.

  • 2.
    Amin, Alan
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Men det beror på vem det kommer ifrån: En undersökning om skällsorden i skolan2017Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Bakgrund: Skällsord har alltid använts av människan såvitt man vet och förekommer i alla språk, hos alla åldrar och i alla socialgrupper. Interjektioner av dessa slag har olika typer av funktion och mening beroende på vad sändaren vill förmedla. Beroende på omfattning, val av kraftuttryck och vid vilka tillfällen man väljer att använda svordomarna, blir de lämpliga respektive olämpliga. Forskning visar att uttrycken har förändrats, brett ut sig och försvunnit genom århundraden. Svordomarna förekommer oftast i det formella språket där orden är tabubelagda och har ett "förbud" över sig, men förekommer även i det informella språket då de har en viktig funktion för sändaren att förmedla exempelvis känslor på ett lekfullt sätt. I skolmiljön är skällsord inget undantag. I denna uppsats har jag valt att använda skällsord som en övergripande term för både invektiv och svordomar, men ibland har jag när det varit nödvändigt valt att skilja dem åt. Syfte: Syftet med uppsatsen är att undersöka vilka skällsord som används i skolan. Uppsatsen kommer även att undersöka elevers attityder till skällsord och vad det har för betydelse för ungdomars språk och relationer till varandra. Metod: Enkätundersökningar.

  • 3.
    Andersson Hval, Ulrika
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Stibe, Anna
    The Immigrant Girl and the Western Boyfriend: The Romance Plot in Young Adult Novels of Migration2016In: ESSE messenger, ISSN 2518-3567, Vol. 25, no 1, p. 122-132Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We explore a recurring motif in a number of young adult novels centered around the experiences of immigrant girls and their adjustment to life in a new country. The integration process appears to belinked to the girls’ relationships with boys from the majority culture, making romance a central element of the girls’ development of a new identity and sense of belonging in the new country. We will examine the intersections of gender and integration by focusing on the narrative voices of immigrant girls in three contemporary novels, Sarah Darer Littman’s Life, After (2010), Sarah Crossan’s The Weight of Water(2012), and Terry Farish’s The Good Braider (2012).

  • 4.
    Asplund Carlsson, Maj
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Barn- och ungdomslitteratur som samhällsspegel2018In: Barn- och ungdomsvetenskap: grundläggande perspektiv / [ed] Johansson, Thomas & Sorbring, Emma, Stockholm: Liber, 2018, p. 192-204Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 5.
    Bergström Walker, Catharine
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Narrative ethics and intuition of the infinite: E. L. Doctorow's gnostic hope for the postmodern era2008Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 6.
    Henry, Alastair
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Walker Bergström, Catharine
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Texts and events: cultural narratives of Britain and the United States2001 (ed. 1)Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    This textbook provides university-level students with a basic introduction to British and American literature by weaving it into a context of contemporary historical events. The authors have created learning material that includes a carefully chosen selection of literary texts, followed by thought-provoking ‘in-text’ questions, which are designed to contribute to a better understanding of the relationship between literature and history. Texts and Events also attempts to be open-ended in its version of the past, encouraging readers to seek knowledge outside the text by analyzing other narratives, both fictional and historical, to which they are referred at the end of each chapter.  These ‘Suggestions for Further Study’ include Internet resources that expand upon and present alternatives to the narratives offered here. In this way, students are challenged to begin to question the exclusive nature of literary canons, to fill in the gaps of historical narratives and to realize that such canons and texts are never complete.

  • 7.
    Jahlmar, Joakim
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages. University of Gothenburg.
    “Give the devil his due”: Freedom, Damnation, and Milton’s Paradise Lost in Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman:Season of Mists2015In: Partial Answers, ISSN 1565-3668, E-ISSN 1936-9247, Vol. 13, no 2, p. 267-286Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In their collection Milton in Popular Culture (2006), Laura Lungers Knoppers and Gregory M. Colón Semenza have established the importance of Miltonic intertextuality in popular culture, while recognizing the importance of William Blake to the field. Blake’s definition of Milton as “a true Poet and of the Devils party without knowing it” in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1793) lies at the centre of a main concern of Milton criticism since the poem’s original publication. The debate between Satanists and anti-Satanists goes back even further than Blake and the Romantics, and this central ambivalence is representative of the “discontinuities” and “irresolvable complexities” which Peter C. Herman and Elizabeth Sauer (2012) argue are the focus of interest of the New Milton Criticism.

    Following this strand of critical thought, this article proposes to show how the introduction of Miltonic intertext into Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, in issues 21–28, serves to structure the series’ theme of change and death — which involve questions of freedom and teleology, free will and damnation — through a critical dialogue with, and creative rewriting of Miltonic theodicy in the epic poem. Gaiman draws upon the ambivalent theological dimensions of Paradise Lost not to present his own concept of good and evil but rather to discuss the freedom to change and the damnation inherent in the inability to change as part of the human condition.

  • 8.
    Mehrstam, Christian
    Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion, Göteborgs universitet.
    3xBaudelaire: främlingar, kadaver och korrespondenser i forskning och läroböcker för gymnasium och universitet2009In: Främlingskap och främmandegöring: förhållningssätt till litteratur i universitetsundervisningen / [ed] Thorson, Staffan & Ekholm, Christer, Göteborg: Daidalos, 2009Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 9. Mehrstam, Christian
    Fallet med den muterade science fictiondeckaren: Om populärkulturens litteraritet och didaktiska potential2010In: Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap, ISSN 1104-0556, E-ISSN 2001-094X, Vol. 40, no 1, p. 35-49Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 10.
    Mehrstam, Christian
    Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion, Göteborgs universitet.
    Från ryska dockor till slutbossen i Chrono Trigger: social cybernetik som sätt att lära2009In: Manus, ISSN 2000-4028, no 4Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 11.
    Mehrstam, Christian
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Kunskapspaket eller kulturell omförhandling ?: Den enskilda läspraktikens förhållande till genre2013In: Tionde nationella konferensen i svenska med didaktisk inriktning: Genre / [ed] Chrystal, Judith-Ann & Lim Falk, Maria, Stockholm, 2013, p. 113-127Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 12.
    Mehrstam, Christian
    Göteborgs universitet, Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion.
    Läs och lär med det mänskliga djuret2010In: Svenskläraren: Tidskrift för svenskundervisning, ISSN 0346-2412, Vol. 54, no 1, p. 12-14Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 13.
    Mehrstam, Christian
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages. Litteraturvetenskapliga institutionen, Göteborgs universitet.
    Mellan text och text: Nedre halvan av sidan 306 i Litteraturorientering2003In: Första nationella konferensen i svenska med didaktisk inriktning: Växjö 8–9 januari 2003 / [ed] Einarsson, Jan & Malmgren, Gun, Nationella nätverket för svenska med didaktisk inriktning , 2003, p. 141-159Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 14.
    Mehrstam, Christian
    Litteraturvetenskapliga institutionen, Göteborgs universitet.
    Pippi, pappor och texter som grejar2005In: Perspektiv på didaktik: Svenskämnet i fokus / [ed] Ask, Sofia, Natur och kultur, 2005Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 15.
    Mehrstam, Christian
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Svenskämnet och undergången: om genre, identitet och läsning i katastrofrapporternas tid2012In: Svenskämnet igår, idag, imorgon: Svensklärarföreningen 100 år 1912-2012 / [ed] Skar, Gustaf & Tengberg, Michael, Stockholm: Svensklärarföreningen , 2012, p. 130-146Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 16.
    Mehrstam, Christian
    Göteborgs universitet. Humanistiska fakulteten.
    Textteori för läsforskare2009Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The dissertation examines a prevalent problem in reception studies: how can we actually observe and describe the text (defined as an element that enables and restricts reading experiences) as either given and transcendent to any reading practice or as uniquely produced in each reading? The author tries to find a solution by aid of Wittgenstein's philosophy of language, Kenneth Burke's socio-rhetorics and Niklas Luhmann's systems theory. These perspectives are discussed in turn and tested in readings of a few pages on Mayakovsky and futurism taken from a textbook. The reading practices are constructed from national upper secondary school curricula. Wittgensteinian life-forms, language games, rules, family resemblances and aspects are found to be sufficient to outline the principles but not the details of a functional text theory. Burkean form, identity and dramatism provide a lot of detail, but cannot answer important questions about artifacts and self-observation. These answers can be provided by use of Luhmann's autopoiesis, form, structural couplings, persons and self-reference, but at the cost of great abstraction and loss of analytical clarity. The last chapter presents the conditions that need to be filled by any text theory with the ability to solve the problem. Most importantly, text, reader and reading practice must be considered as immergent, meaning that they are properly visible only from inside practices, which are always communal. In order to observe any text, the scholar must learn to immerse himself in the specific reading practice by way of its outward tokens (written rules, verbal accounts etc). The aspect seeing needed to perceive the text and describe its potential effects on reading experiences can only be acquired in the identity of a member of the specific reading community

  • 17.
    Mehrstam, Christian
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Under pälsen: Främmandegöringspedagogik och antropomorfa serier2010In: Att bygga broar - kulturella, språkliga och mediala möten: sjunde Nationella konferensen i svenska med didaktisk inriktning, Malmö 18-20 november 2009 / [ed] Adelmann, Kent, Uppsala: SMDI , 2010, p. 122-131Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 18.
    Mehrstam, Christian
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Världen slutar med dig: Om betydelsen av deltagarperspektiv på läsning2010In: Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap, ISSN 1104-0556, E-ISSN 2001-094X, no 3-4, p. 47-58Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 19.
    Mehrstam, Christian
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Widhe, Olle
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Att tämja monstret: litteraturanalys i multimediamiljöer2013In: Barn- och ungdomsforskning: metoder och arbetssätt / [ed] Erlandsson, Soly I. & Sjöberg, Lena, Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2013, 1. uppl., p. 99-116Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 20.
    Nordenstam, Anna
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet.
    Andersson, Peter
    Holmberg, Per
    Lyngfelt, Anna
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Widhe, Olle
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Inledning2014In: Mångfaldens möjligheter: Litteratur- och språkdidaktik i Norden / [ed] Peter Andersson, Per Holmberg, Anna Lyngfelt, Anna Nordenstam, Olle Widhe, Göteborg: Nationella nätverket för svenska med didaktisk inriktning (SMDI) , 2014, p. 9-11Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 21.
    Persson, Åke
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Between Displacement and Renewal: The Third Space in Roddy Doyle's Novels2006In: Nordic Irish Studies, ISSN 1602-124X, Vol. 5, no 1, p. 59-71Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 22.
    Persson, Åke
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    "Do your folks know that you're gay?": memory and oral history as education and resistance in Colm Tóibín's The Blackwater lightship2007In: Recovering memory: Irish representations of past and present, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing , 2007, p. 149-169Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 23.
    Persson, Åke
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Voicing Possibilities: Brendan Kennelly's Version of Federico García Lorca's Blood Wedding2008In: At home in the world: essays and poems in honour of Britta Olinder / [ed] Olinder, Britta, Avril, Chloé & Paul, Ronald, Göteborg: Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis, 2008, p. 241-254Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 24.
    Persson, Åke
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    "Where love can have its way": conformity versus resistance in Brendan Kennelly's version of Federico Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding (Bodas de sangre)2009In: Estudios Irlandeses - Journal of Irish Studies, ISSN 1699-311X, no 4, p. 69-81Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Considerable critical attention has been paid to Brendan Kennelly's versions of the ancient Greek plays, Antigone, Medea, and The Trojan Women, while his version of Federico Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding (Bodas de sangre) has largely been ignored. This article examines the ways in which Kennelly's Blood Wedding challenges fixed gender patterns and traditional social codes. Thus, although set in 1930s rural Spain, the play resonates with issues that have for long been central to Irish identity. Linking Lorca's artistic concerns to Kennelly's, and locating the play within areas of great importance to Irish feminism, which questions traditional constructions of womanhood, the article argues that Kennelly's play proposes a resistance to dominant behaviour, represented as highly restrictive, as well as to the unquestioning conformity to oppressive norms that prevent women, and men, from leading fulfilling lives. In other words, the article suggests that the play ultimately voices the possibility of change, the driving force of which lies in a kind of sisterhood. The play therefore takes part in a questioning and a renegotiation of Irish identity.

  • 25.
    Rådberg, Ingemar
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Att etablera och ge ut äldre texter i en vetenskaplig utgåva2011In: Esaias Tegnér: texter och läsningar / [ed] Blomqvist, Jerker, Lund: Tegnérsamfundet , 2011, p. 13-25Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 26.
    Rådberg, Ingemar
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Att etablera texten till Jacob Wallenbergs predikningar2007In: Svenska vitterhetssamfundet 1907-2007: historik och textkritik, Stockholm: Svenska Vitterhetssamfundet , 2007, p. 208-231Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 27.
    Rådberg, Ingemar
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Förpassad till en fotnot: om en bönsöndagspredikan av Jacob Wallenberg2007In: Den litterära textens förändringar: studier tillägnade Stina Hansson, Eslöv: Östlings bokförlag Symposion , 2007, p. 339-348Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 28.
    Walker Bergström, Catharine
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Intuition of an Infinite Obligation: Narrative Ethics and Postmodern Gnostics in the Fiction of E. L. Doctorow2010 (ed. 1)Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Grounded in theoretical studies of postmodern and narrative ethics, this book proposes the need for a re-examination of E. L. Doctorow's work from an ethical perspective. Through in-depth analyses of previously neglected intertexts, it questions the classification of his fiction as an expression of postmodern skepticism. Seven of Doctorow's most widely acclaimed novels are dealth with in chronological order, tracing his finely tuned characterizations of the human quest for narrative truth. Growing out of the early protagonists' vague sense of moral consciousness is their recognition of an obligation to interpret signs from and for the Other. Through logical deliberation and close reading, the study gradually identifies the narrative voice of the postmodern gnostic.

  • 29.
    Widhe, Olle
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Den orättvisaste orättvisan.: Heroism och alternativ maskulinitet i Hans Erik Engqvists ungdomsroman Tredagarskriget2014In: Barnboken, ISSN 0347-772X, E-ISSN 2000-4389, Vol. 37, p. 1-16Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

     ”Wicked Wrongfulness. Heroism and Alternative Versions ofMasculinity in Hans Erik Engqvist’s Young Adult Novel Three DaysWar”. This article examines the re-evaluation of modern masculinity in theYA novel Three Days War by the Swedish author Hans Erik Engqvist (b.1934). The central argument is that the fictional representation of ChildrenPlaying War in the novel is intertwined with the imagining of competingmasculinities as well as opposing ideologies in post-war Sweden. Thus,the expression of institutionalized middle-class masculinity is contrastedto the representation of an alternative left wing working-class masculinityin opposition to social hierarchy and social inequality. Through differentallusions to heroic men and heroic behaviour in 19th century literature andAmerican Western films the novel invites the reader to evoke hegemonicmasculinity as a schema shaping both the understanding of the young charactersand their play. But the novel also interrogates this institutionalizedmyth of hegemonic masculinity and sets the main character, as well as thereader, in search of an alternative version of the heroic male.

  • 30.
    Widhe, Olle
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Dö din Hund!: Krig, lek och läsning i svensk barnboksutgivning under 200 år2015Book (Other academic)
  • 31.
    Widhe, Olle
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    "Wi hafwa stridt".: Olof Fryxells Snöfästningen och 1800-talets göticistiska barnlitteratur2013In: Samlaren: tidskrift för svensk litteraturvetenskaplig forskning, ISSN 0348-6133, E-ISSN 2002-3871, Vol. 134, p. 95-116Article in journal (Refereed)
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