Literary Impressionisms, Resonances of Impressionism in Swedish and Finland-Swedish Prose 1880-1900
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Literary Impressionisms

Resonances of Impressionism in Swedish and Finland-Swedish Prose 1880-1900




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This book aims to locate and draw out resonances of impressionism in Swedish
and Finland-Swedish prose at the end of the nineteenth century, a field
hitherto overlooked in the critical debate on literary impressionism. In order
to frame the many alternative approaches to this issue, it examines the use of
the term ‘literary impressionism’ not only on the Scandinavian scene but also
in an international context. By focussing on three landmark discussions in the
Nordic countries (Herman Bang, the Kristiania Bohème, August Strindberg), an
inclusive, wide-ranging Scandinavian understanding of the relationship between
impressionism and literature is advanced. The texts chosen for closer scrutiny
disclose this extensive interpretation of impressionist writing: Helena
Westermarck’s short story Aftonstämning (Evening Mood) from 1890 is read as an
example of interart transposition, Stella Kleve’s novels and short stories are
seen as indicative of the narrative modes of a literary impressionism drawing
on scenic representation, but also present textual features such as the
‘metonymic mode’ and ‘delayed decoding’, elements that are central to the
international approach to impressionist prose. The concluding analysis of
fictional impressionists in the works of authors such as Gustaf af Geijerstam,
Mathilda Roos, and Georg Nordensvan sketches a many-sided portrait of the
impressionist painter while remaining true to this study’s pluralistic
approach by including a discussion of K.A. Tavaststjerna’s Impressionisten
(The Impressionist) from 1892, whose protagonist is not an artist but a
hypersensitive, impressionable subject. This last section also investigates
how fiction is used to convey a critical discussion of the means and methods
of painterly impressionism, as well as the function of the use of the visual
arts in these texts.

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