Inlämning av Examensarbete / Submission of Thesis

Ola Jönsson Ola Jönsson, Autobiographical Existentialism in Norman Mailer's The Executioner's Song, pp. 29. Inst. för humaniora/Dept. of the Humanities, 2003.

The work

Författare / Author: Ola Jönsson
Titel / Title: Autobiographical Existentialism in Norman Mailer's The Executioner's Song
Abstrakt Abstract:

This essay investigates how Norman Mailer’s “true-life” novel The Executioner’s Song may also be read as an autobiography. The novel contains strong traces of Mailer’s existential philosophy as related to sexuality, non-conformity and death. The essay discusses the nature of the relationship between truth as defined by the author and the function of autobiography to tell the truth about a life. The discussion centres around Mailer’s conviction that the novel is a better, i.e. more accurate vehicle for truth than is the autobiography. The essay argues that the truth which Mailer imparts is less the “true” story of Gary Gilmore and more the “true” story of Norman Mailer.

Ämnesord / Subject: Humaniora - The Humanities\English
Humaniora - The Humanities\Comparative Literature
Nyckelord / Keywords: Norman Mailer, existentialism, autobiography

Publication info

Dokument id / Document id:
Program:/ Programme Språk och kultur/Humanities
Registreringsdatum / Date of registration: 06/20/2005
Uppsatstyp / Type of thesis: D-Uppsats/Magister/Master


Handledare / Supervisor: Jane Mattisson
Examinator / Examiner: Jane Mattisson
Organisation / Organisation: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Institution / School: Inst. för humaniora/Dept. of the Humanities

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Files & Access

Bifogad uppsats fil(er) / Files attached: ola's mailer final.pdf (136 kB, öppnas i nytt fönster)