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Mellan dröm och verklighet : Skildringar av tid, trauma och sexualitet i Antanas Šk?mas novellistiska prosa

by Carlemalm, Victoria

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The subject of this dissertation is the representation of temporality, trauma and sexuality in Antanas Šk?ma’s fiction. The chapter “Temporal structures” examines temporal order in the writer’s novella “Isaac” according to Genettes narratology. The analysis reveals deliberately inserted mechanisms in the construction of the text, which disrupt the narrative investigation. A survey of temporal structures exposes invented events in the text and the definitions of “factual reality” and “imaginary reality” are introduced.The narrative analysis results in a hypothesis that Šk?ma’s text has been constructed as an imitation of human memory and as a representation of the factual reality outside the text. The chapters “Representation of trauma” and “Representation of sexual perversion” use Freud’s trauma theory and sexual theory as a method. Trauma appears to constitute the construction of the narrator and his urge to distort temporal links between the narrative and the story. When the narrator in Šk?ma’s “Isaac” focuses on the depiction of sexually perverted consciousness, the text affects the reader by forcing him to break off his horizons of expectation. The depiction of rape in Šk?ma’s fiction links the themes of sexuality and power and of sexuality and trauma. The writer detaches the representation of sexuality from the definition of love: sexuality, portrayed in the analyzed texts, appears to create its own norms. This is one of many ways to transform the depiction of sexual perversion into a social norm in Šk?ma’s narrative.The chapter “Šk?ma’s Autobiography and literary critics” provides a re-reading of the writer’s autobiography and his journalistic texts. The chapter ”Publication and reception of Šk?ma’s fiction” provides a compiled reading of earlier research and a survey of the writer’s books published in exile.
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School:Stockholms universitet

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Doctoral Dissertation

Keywords:HUMANITIES and RELIGION; Languages and linguistics; Other languages; Baltic languages; Lithuanian Literature; fiction; Antanas Šk?ma; Isaac; Genette; narratology; temporal order; Freud; trauma theory; sexual theory; trauma; sexuality; perversion; exile; censorship; baltiska språk; Baltic Languages

ISBN:978-91-85445-58-5

Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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