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Gustafs ansigter : selvfremstilling i Gustaf Munch-Petersens forfatterskab

Cardel Gertsen, Martine LU (2003) In Centrum för Danmarksstudier 2.
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Den dansk-svenske forfatter Gustaf Munch-Petersen (1912-1938) betragtes som en af portalskikkelserne i den danske lyriske modernisme. Han døde 26 år gammel som frivillig i den spanske borgerkrig, en konflikt, vi i dag ofte betragter som en del af optakten til anden verdenskrig. Dette tidlige endeligt gjorde ham til en af skandinavisk litteraturs ”unge døde”. Men det er ikke det eneste billede, vi har af ham. Selvfremstilling og identitet er en underliggende tematik i en stor del af Gustaf Munch-Petersens lyrik og prosa, og afhandlingens formål er at tydeliggøre nogle af de ansigter, forfatteren selv holder frem for os i sine litterære tekster. Med metaforen ”Gustafs ansigter” sigter jeg til de... (More)
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Den dansk-svenske forfatter Gustaf Munch-Petersen (1912-1938) betragtes som en af portalskikkelserne i den danske lyriske modernisme. Han døde 26 år gammel som frivillig i den spanske borgerkrig, en konflikt, vi i dag ofte betragter som en del af optakten til anden verdenskrig. Dette tidlige endeligt gjorde ham til en af skandinavisk litteraturs ”unge døde”. Men det er ikke det eneste billede, vi har af ham. Selvfremstilling og identitet er en underliggende tematik i en stor del af Gustaf Munch-Petersens lyrik og prosa, og afhandlingens formål er at tydeliggøre nogle af de ansigter, forfatteren selv holder frem for os i sine litterære tekster. Med metaforen ”Gustafs ansigter” sigter jeg til de måder, Gustaf Munch-Petersen lader jeget komme til syne på inden for de fiktive rammer, et digt eller et prosastykke markerer, altså den litterære selvfremstilling. Afhandlingens teoretiske udgangspunkt er hermeneutisk og eklektisk, idet jeg ikke ønsker at afgrænse mig til et bestemt teoretisk perspektiv og dermed uundgåeligt på forhånd udelukke visse typer af potentiel mening. Bogens første, indledende kapitel præsenterer problemstillingen og den teoretiske ramme for de litterære analyser, herunder de typer af kontekster, der vil blive inddraget. Kapitel 2 redegør for legenden om Gustaf Munch-Petersen som en af de “unge døde” og fortæller historien om hans liv, sådan som den lader sig rekonstruere på baggrund af efterladte papirer og andet materiale. De følgende kapitler handler om fem forskellige, men indbyrdes forbundne ansigter eller typer af selvfremstilling, der hver især udgør et tværsnit igennem forfatterskabet. Jeg har valgt overskrifterne ”Det nye menneske”, ”Sønnen”, ”Elskeren”, ”Frelseren” og ”Kunstneren”. Kapitlerne er bygget op omkring analyser og tolkninger af udvalgte digte, der er særligt velegnede til at belyse selvfremstillingen. De fem litterære ansigter er alle præget af en understrøm af længsel efter en ny og radikalt anderledes verden, et tema, der løber igennem hele Gustaf Munch-Petersens forfatterskab. Hvis der er en samlende kraft bag hans litterære ansigter, er det netop dette: et jeg, der i sin kunstneriske skaben til stadighed drives frem af længslen i et forsøg på at bevæge sig hen imod visionen og ud over sit begrænsende, personlige selv. (Less)
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The Danish-Swedish writer Gustaf Munch-Petersen (1912-1938) is considered one of the pioneers of Danish modernist poetry. His death at the age of 26 as a volunteer in the Spanish Civil War, a conflict that was later widely understood as a prelude to the Second World War, made him one of “the young dead” of Scandinavian literature. But this is only one among several pictures of him. Self and identity are underlying themes in much of his poetry and prose, and this thesis aims at elucidating “the faces of Gustaf”. By this metaphorical term I understand the ways in which Gustaf Munch-Petersen lets a self appear within the framework of a poem or a fictional prose text. My theoretical point of departure is hermeneutic and eclectic since I do not... (More)
The Danish-Swedish writer Gustaf Munch-Petersen (1912-1938) is considered one of the pioneers of Danish modernist poetry. His death at the age of 26 as a volunteer in the Spanish Civil War, a conflict that was later widely understood as a prelude to the Second World War, made him one of “the young dead” of Scandinavian literature. But this is only one among several pictures of him. Self and identity are underlying themes in much of his poetry and prose, and this thesis aims at elucidating “the faces of Gustaf”. By this metaphorical term I understand the ways in which Gustaf Munch-Petersen lets a self appear within the framework of a poem or a fictional prose text. My theoretical point of departure is hermeneutic and eclectic since I do not wish limit myself to a particular theoretical perspective, thereby inevitably cutting myself off from certain types of potential meaning. I draw on a wide range of different contexts discussed in the introductory chapter. Chapter 2 examines the legend of Gustaf Munch-Petersen as one of “the young dead” and tells a narrative of his life as it lends itself to reconstruction on the basis of his letters and other documentary material. Chapters 3 to 7 each deal with a “face” – five different, but interrelated types of self-representation. Each chapter is based on a cross section of Gustaf Munch-Petersen’s literary works and organized around analyses and interpretations of selected texts that are especially suited to shed light on self-presentation. Their headings are: “New man”, “Son”, “Lover”, “Saviour”, and “Artist”. These five literary faces all bear some relation to a marked undercurrent of longing for a radically different and renewed world, a theme which runs through Gustaf Munch-Petersen’s writing. If there is a uniting artistic driving force behind his literary faces, it is this: a self that in its literary creativity is constantly driven forward by a yearning towards a utopian vision and away from the constraints of individuality. (Less)
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  • Prof. Bredsdorff, Thomas, Københavns universitet
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The Faces of Gustaf : Self-Representation in the Works of Gustaf Munch-Petersen
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Thesis
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published
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keywords
litteraturteori, litteraturkritik, Allmän och jämförande litteratur, contexts and interpretation, biography and poetry, self-representation, primitivism, identity, mystical and religious imagery, surrealism, Nietzsche, vitalism, General and comparative literature, literary theory, literature criticism, Scandinavian languages and literature, Nordiska språk (språk och litteratur)
in
Centrum för Danmarksstudier
volume
2
pages
384 pages
publisher
Makadam förlag
defense location
Edens hörsal, Paradisgatan 5
defense date
2003-12-13 10:15
ISSN
1651-775X
ISBN
91-7061-002-9
language
Danish
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yes
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0f46a8c9-2ce5-4620-954a-f16142776434 (old id 21173)
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2007-05-28 13:48:40
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  title        = {Gustafs ansigter : selvfremstilling i Gustaf Munch-Petersens forfatterskab},
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