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En underbar berättelse om ridderliga äventyr: V.F. Palmblad och den romantiska romanen
Litteraturvetenskapliga institutionen, Uppsala universitet.
2007 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
A Wonderful Story of Chivalrous Adventures : V.F. Palmblad and the Romantic Novel (English)
Abstract [en]

Vilhelm Fredrik Palmblad (1788–1852) was one of the leading men of the Romantic circle in Uppsala, known as the “New school” or the “fosforists”. Among the men in this group, Palmblad was the one devoting most attention to the novel, and he broke sharply with the dominating negative view of the genre. This thesis examines Palmblad’s conception of the novel genre, using his critical writings as well as his own novels.

Palmblad holds that the novel originates from the chivalrous romances of the Middle Ages. Like these romances, the novel is, and should be, a “wonderful story”, dealing with adventures and heroic deeds in service of God and womanhood. It is of decisive importance that the novel is elevated from mundane life: the stature of the characters and the story are crucial criteria of value. Palmblad also emphasizes the importance of portraying characters and their circumstances in an individualized way.

Influenced in particular by Walter Scott, Palmblad gradually opens his conception of the novel towards depictions of everyday life. However, this opening is surrounded by restrictions showing that Palmblad still adheres to his Romantic aesthetics. The study challenges the previous understanding of Palmblad’s development from Romantic to Realist. Instead, the shifts of his aesthetics towards a stronger connection with reality ought to be understood as endeavours to preserve the ideals of the Romantic novel at a time when they were contested.

From a wider horizon, the study also questions the prevalent understanding of the transition from the Romantic to the realistic novel. The aesthetic contrast between “Romanticism” and “Realism” ought to be played down. The truly important opposition among the Swedish novelists of the time is rather a political conflict between conservatives and liberals.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hedemora: Gidlunds förlag, 2007. , p. 399
Keywords [en]
Literature, Vilhelm Fredrik Palmblad, history of the novel, Romanticism, Realism, literary criticism, aesthetics, Per Daniel Amadeus Atterbom, Lorenzo Hammarsköld
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General Literature Studies
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Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-152891ISBN: 9789178447428 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-152891DiVA, id: diva2:1266079
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2007-10-06, Geijersalen, Engelska parken, hus 6, 13:15
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Available from: 2018-11-27 Created: 2018-11-27 Last updated: 2018-11-28Bibliographically approved

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