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  • 1.
    Bertilsson, Alvina
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Maternity: A Site of Empowerment, Resistance and Strength in Toni Morrison's Beloved2019Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 2.
    Heldner, Christina
    Strömstad Akademi.
    Odysseus Elytis' To Axion Esti i svensk tolkning och med förord av Christina Heldner2017Report (Other academic)
  • 3.
    Heldner, Christina
    Strömstad Akademi.
    Poesins makt och Historiens fasor: En essä om Odysseus Elytis och hans stora diktcykel To Axion Esti2017Report (Other academic)
  • 4.
    Jahlmar, Joakim
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Dystopian Chaos, Dystopian Order: Differing Ideological Reinterpretations of the Masked Vigiliante in Miller's The Dark Knight Returns and Moore and Lloyd's V for Vendetta2017In: Visions of the Future in Comics: International Perspectives / [ed] Francesco-Alessio Ursini, Adnan Mahmutović & Frank Bramlett, Jefferson, North Carolina, USA: McFarland, 2017, p. 136-151Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In the 1980s, the comics’ field in the US, and in particular the superhero genre, was revolutionised by among others Frank Miller and Alan Moore. Jahlmar investigates how Miller, on the one hand, and Moore, in collaboration with David Lloyd, on the other, offer radically different, yet equally ideological reinterpretations of the masked vigilante archetype in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (1986) and V for Vendetta (1990) respectively. The underlying components in these analyses are dystopian chaos and dystopian order, and the assumption that these categories play into generic expectations in the dystopian genre. Miller’s, and Moore and Lloyd’s reinterpretations of the masked vigilante are diametrically opposed, and Jahlmar argues that this opposition is made possible by the two storyworlds evoked in the respective texts, set in fundamentally different futures.

    In Miller’s text, dystopian chaos, in the form of rampant criminality, the culture of fear, and the looming threat of nuclear Armageddon, breeds an inherent narrative need for order and consequently allows Batman/Bruce Wayne to become an extreme version of the conservative superhero, at the very least, a figure with crypto-fascist leanings. On the other hand, in Moore and Lloyd’s text, dystopian order, in the form of a de facto fascist government in England, allows for a traditional villain – in structural and ideological terms – like V, to become a hero, and for his acts of terrorism to be understood on some levels through the generic expectations on any opposition to totalitarianism in dystopian fiction in general.

  • 5.
    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.

  • 6.
    Kuruyawa, Salote
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Gendered Power in Sia Figiel's Where We Once Belonged2017Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 7.
    Patriksson, Amanda
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Prins, Victoria
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Ordagrant eller efter känsla?: En studie om skillnader vid översättning av metaforer i ungdomsromaner och vuxenromaner2017Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Sammanfattning: I studien analyseras olika citat från 10 olika skönlitterära böcker från olika genrer. 5 böcker från ungdomslitteratur och 5 från vuxenlitteratur. Från varje verk tas 5 citat ut med 5 metaforer. Metaforerna analyseras i hur de översatts med hjälp av Newmarks översättningsstrategier för metaforer. Från dessa 50 citat jämförs om strategierna som används för att översätta metaforerna, för att se om det finns skillnader mellan vilka strategier som väljs för ungdoms- och vuxenlitteratur. Syfte: Syftet med uppsatsen är att ta reda på om översättare av ungdomsromaner samt översättare av vuxenromaner använder sig av olika översättningsstrategier vid översättning av metaforer från engelska till svenska. Studien undersöker även vilka strategier som används mest frekvent vid översättningen av metaforer i skönlitteratur. Metod: I uppsatsen används Newmarks strategier för översättning av metaforer som analysverktyg för att ta ut översättningsstrategier. Resultat: Inom ramen för studien kan vi se en skillnad mellan översättningen av ungdomslitteratur och vuxenlitteratur i valet av översättningsstrategi för metaforer. Vid översättning av metaforer i vuxenromaner används Newmarks strategi 1 och strategi 2 i princip lika ofta. De övriga strategierna används sällan. I ungdomslitteratur framkommer det att Newmarks strategi 1 används betydligt mer frekvent än strategi 2. Övriga strategier används nästan lika frekvent som strategi 2. Vanligast använd av Newmarks övriga strategier är strategi 5.

  • 8.
    Pavicevic, Bojana
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Women and Patriarchy in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Gurinder Chadha's Film Adaptation Bride and Prejudice2015Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 9.
    Persson, Åke
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Betraying the Age: Brendan Kennelly's Mission2017In: Poetry Criticism: Criticism of the Works of the Most Significant and Widely Studied Poets of World Literature. Vol. 183 / [ed] Lawrence J. Trudeau, Farmington Hills, Mich: Gale and Layman Poupard Publishing , 2017, p. 294-299Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Persson, Åke
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Homelessness and Belonging in Siobhán Parkinson’s Young Adult Novel Breaking the Wishbone2015In: 14th International Conference of the Spanish Association for Irish Studies: Discourses of Inclusion and Marginalisation: Minority, Dissident and Mainstream in Irish Identities, 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 11.
    Persson, Åke
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    "Mixed-up mess of a botched family': Re-Locating 'the Family' in Siobhán Parkinson's Teen Novel Sisters... No Way!"2016Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 12.
    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 García Lorca's Blood Wedding (Bodas de sangre)2018In: Twentieth-Century Literature Criticism: criticism of the works of novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers, and other creative writers who lived between 1900 and 1999 from the first published critical appraisals to current evaluations / [ed] Lawrence J. Trudeau, Detroit: Gale Group, 2018, p. 102-113Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 13.
    Persson, Åke
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    "You're fuckin' amazing, by the way": Marginalisation and recovery in Roddy Doyle's Paula Spencer2012In: Nordic Journal of English Studies, ISSN 1654-6970, E-ISSN 1654-6970, Vol. 11, no 2, p. 138-165Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 14.
    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.

  • 15.
    Widhe, Olle
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Det sanna pojkhumöret: Krig, lek och trivialisering i Ossian Elgströms pojkböcker2014In: Edda. Nordisk tidsskrift for litteraturforskning, ISSN 0013-0818, E-ISSN 1500-1989, Vol. 114, no 1, p. 68-84Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In popular culture, the memory of war is often appropriated through a process of trivialization, diminishing war so that it becomes familiar and desirable rather than ominous and frightening. With a focus on the Swedish author and illustrator Ossian Elgström (1883–1950), the article suggests that the process of trivialization is central to the understanding of play in boy’s literature published at the beginning of the twentieth century. Through the fictional representation of children playing at war, the patriotic soldier not only becomes a quintessentialfigure of masculinity. The play elements trivialize war and uphold a specific form of hegemonic masculinity characterized by courage and honor as well ashumor, fair play and camaraderie in contrast to the adult world. Both narrative structure and shifting of focalization prove to be important in relation to theprocess of trivialization and the imagining of boyhood masculinity in Elgström’s books. In connection with the war play motif, the article ends with a discussionof Elgström’s interwar engagement in national socialist activities.

  • 16.
    Widhe, Olle
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Lekens alternativa geografi: Om Zacharias Topelius bidrag i Eos på 1850-talet2014In: Barnboken, ISSN 0347-772X, E-ISSN 2000-4389, Vol. 37, p. 1-16Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In the history of Nordic children's literature the Swedish speaking Finnish author Zacharias Topelius (1818–1898) is not only recognized for developing a new form of realism but also for his fictional rascal, Walter. His eight stories about the mischievous Walter, "Walters Äfwentyr"(1855–1856), originally published in the Finnish magazine Eos, is thus considered to be the first children's stories in Swedish that articulate the child as an unruly but good-hearted character. This essay, however, shows that the development of Topelian realism, and the emergence of the rascaland villain in the Nordic literature for children during the 1850s, is closely connected to the depiction of children's play. In many of the stories published in Eos Topelius returns to the portrayal of young boys playing soldiers. In this way he positions the spirited fantasy of children in opposition to the adult world of order and seriousness. This alternative geography of play creates a space for the child's perspective, and does it in a mode that resembles the realism of the forerunner Olof Fryxell (1806–1900). Topelius'representation of play nevertheless seems to stand in opposition to the adult world in a more explicit way. It conveys the imaginings of unruly and playful boyhood masculinity as a means to achieve the seriousness of the adult middle-class male.

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