Världar i kollision. En läsning av Kerstin Ekmans roman Gör mig levande igen"

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Cecilia Lindhé
Title: Världar i kollision. En läsning av Kerstin Ekmans roman Gör mig levande igen"
Translated title: Worlds in Collision. A Study of Kerstin Ekman's Novel Revive Me
Journal: Samlaren: tidskrift för svensk litteraturvetenskaplig forskning
Year: 2001
Volume: 122
Pagination: 74-94
ISSN: 0348-6133
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: Dept. of Humanities and Social Science (Institutionen för humaniora och samhällsvetenskap)
Dept. of Hum. and Soc. Sci., S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
Authors e-mail: cecilia.lindhe@bth.se
Language: Swedish
Abstract: ABSTRACT. Cecilia Lindhé. "Worlds in Collision: A Study of Kerstin Ekman's Novel Gör mig levande igen."

Kerstin Ekman’s novel Gör mig levande igen (1996) [Make me Alive Again] is a rewriting and continuation of Eyvind Johnson’s Krilon-trilogy (1941-43). This essay addresses the different challenges which Ekman’s novel makes to Johnson’s trilogy. It is argued that these challenges do not simply take the shape of a confrontation of the male perceiving subject, but appear also as a questioning of literary traditions in the wider sense. Through these challenges Gör mig levande igen manages not only to give a voice to women but also transgresses conventional female representation. Exploring the novel’s intertextual relationship with the traditions, conventions, and genres that constitute it, Gör mig levande igen is revealed to be a contradictory novel working within the system it attempts to destabilise. This essay shows how the novel re-evaluates the distinctions and boundaries that mark the idea of a hegemonic subject and a literary canon by undermining boundaries that run between worlds of different ontological status. These worlds, that consist of reality/myth, fact/fiction, and original/imitation are set in motion and collide, opening up a structure that strives toward closure. By highlighting these collisions together with the oscillation between epistemological and ontological dominants, between literary modernist techniques and postmodernist devices, it is possible to see how Gör mig levande igen works to open up a closed structure thus making room for women’s perspectives.
Subject: The Humanities\Comparative Literature
Keywords: Ekman, Kerstin
Note: Samlaren: tidskrift för svensk litteraturvetenskaplig forskning (Uppsala 2001)