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Author Stenport, Anna Westerståhl

Title Locating August Strindberg's prose : modernism, transnationalism, and setting / Anna Westerståhl Stenport

Publ Info Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2010]
 RWU Main Library  PT9816 .S66 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript viii, 216 pages ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [187]-204) and index
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
Note Includes some text in French and Swedish
"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."--BOOK JACKET
LC subject Strindberg, August, 1849-1912 -- Criticism and interpretation
Transnationalism in literature
Modernism (Literature)
Setting (Literature)
ISBN 9781442641990 (acid-free paper)
1442641991 (acid-free paper)