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"I känslofulla sköna!" Bengt Lidner, Göttingen och den kvinnliga läsaren [The emotional beauty!]
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication, Swedish Studies and Comparative Literature. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2014 (Swedish)In: European Journal of Scandinavian Studies, ISSN 2191-9399, E-ISSN 2191-9402, Vol. 44, no 2, 299-316 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Swedish poet Bengt Lidner (1757‒1793) studied in Göttingen in 1780‒1781. A spatial analysis of the poet’s global biography and his poetical geography points to Enlightenment universalism as well as to the poetical ideals expressed in Göttingen – the Göttinger Hain, Göttinger Musenalmanach, and the teachings of Professor Christian Gottlob Heyne. Even Lidner’s opera libretto Medea displays connections to Göttingen, through Heyne’s focus on Greek tragedy and Lidner’s expressed source of inspiration, Friedrich Wilhelm Gotter. However, Lidner’s transcultural poetry failed in the Swedish context, lacking a proper literary market. In an attempt to create an audience in Stockholm, Lidner turned to female readers in his forewords and other paratexts. In fact, Lidner transformed the Medea character into a representation of his female Swedish reader, the ideal mother and spouse. The spatial analysis, including space both literally and in an imaginary sense, leads to the conclusion that Lidner’s sentimental mode of writing displayed transcultural traits interacting with – and even colliding with – local conditions

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De Gruyter , 2014. Vol. 44, no 2, 299-316 p.
Keyword [en]
spatiality, Bengt Lidner, Göttingen, Medea, female readers
Keyword [sv]
spatialitet, Bengt Lidner, Göttingen, Medea, kvinnliga läsare
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Specific Literatures
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-112894DOI: 10.1515/ejss-2014-0018ISI: 000346076800008OAI: diva2:773524
Available from: 2014-12-19 Created: 2014-12-19 Last updated: 2015-01-13

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