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Author Stenport, Anna Westerståhl.

Title Locating August Strindberg's prose : modernism, transnationalism, and setting / Anna Westerståhl Stenport
Published Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 216 pages)
Contents National betrayal : public, private, and railway travel in A madman's defence -- Rural modernism : ethonography, photography, and recollection in Among French peasants -- Parisian streets, pre-surrealism, and pastoral landscapes in Inferno -- Speed, displacements, and Berlin modernity in The cloister -- Recording, habitation, and colonial imaginations in The roofing ceremony
Summary "The setting of a novel is more than just an anonymous, interchangeable backdrop. In Locating August Strindberg's Prose, Anna Westerstahl Stenport argues that spatial setting is a key - though often neglected - tool for exploring the fundamentals of European literary modernism
Stenport examines the importance of location by exploring the prose of Swedish exile August Strindberg (1849-1912), challenging previous studies of the author that have focused on identity and subject formation. Strindberg wrote in both Swedish and French, situating his stories in various places across Europe - from Berlin to the French countryside, the Austrian Alps, and Stockholm - to purposely destabilize concepts of national belonging, language, and literary history. Close readings of Strindberg's prose find that his boundary-challenging narratives redefine and rewrite the meaning of a marginal literary identity. By contextualizing Strindberg against other early modernists, including Kafka, Conrad, Rilke, and Breton, Stenport emphasizes the burgeoning transnationality of literature at the turn of the last century."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-204) and index
Notes Includes some text in French and Swedish
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Subject Strindberg, August, 1849-1912 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Modernism (Literature)
Setting (Literature)
Transnationalism in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1442660406 (electronic bk.)
1442690208 (electronic bk.)
9781442660403 (electronic bk.)
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