Torsten Pettersson: "The Literary Work in History 2: Chronotopical and Thematic Concepts of Time"

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: Engelska parken 6-0023 (Danius Room)
  • Organiser: Litteraturvetenskapliga institutionen
  • Contact person: Torsten Pettersson
  • Seminarium

Higher Seminar in Literature

Research presentation by Torsten Pettersson, Uppsala University. 


“Contextualization” is perhaps the most important concept of literary scholarship, ubiquitous in its avatars: schools of methodology laying down precepts for what kind of context should be valorized. Nevertheless, the concept itself is neglected in literary theory. In two independent but synergetic seminars, on 14 September and 5 October, I present for discussion theoretical comments on two kinds of contextualization as well as two views of history related to them: the chronotopical and the thematic. In the latter case, the methodology of a new Swedish global history, Natur & Kulturs globalhistoria, 1–2, ed. Klas-Göran Karlsson (Stockholm 2022), will be considered along with the special nature of literary texts as historical phenomena.

    At each seminar a theoretical introduction is followed by an analysis of a set of literary works. At this seminar on 5 October the works, related as depictions of the blindness and healing of young women, include the Danish King René’s Daughter (Kong René’s Datter, 1845) by Henrik Hertz, the AustrianAbdias (1842) by Adalbert Stifter, the Russian Iolanta (1892) by Pjotr Tchaikovsky, and the French The Pastoral Symphony (La Symphonie pastorale, 1919) by André Gide.