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Julia Nyberg / Euphrosyne: Romantic Poetry, World Literature, and Superficial Reception

Chapter in book
Authors Gunilla Hermansson
Published in Swedish Women's Writing on Export: Tracing Transnational Reception in the Nineteenth Century / Yvonne Leffler, Åsa Arping, Jenny Bergenmar, Gunilla Hermansson & Birgitta Johansson Lindh
Pages 33-95
ISBN 978-91-88348-96-8
Publisher LIR.skrifter
Place of publication Gothenburg
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
Pages 33-95
Language en
Links hdl.handle.net/2077/61809
Keywords Reception, world literature, poetry, translation, distant reading, gender, national stereotypes
Subject categories General Literature Studies, Specific Literatures

Abstract

The chapter brings several general problems to the fore. One of them is the status of poetry in current research on translation and reception within world literature research and theory. Gunilla Hermansson discusses this and the accompanying methodological difficulties, as well as the future potential of computer-aided analysis in this context. Nyberg’s international fate demonstrates the significance of gender, genre, and images of the nation for the reception of poetry at large and Swedish romantic poetry specifically. It also necessitates an examination and critical discussion of the interplay between different kinds of reception, first and foremost those of translations and introductions, as well as the practices of recycling critical comments. This in turn sheds light on the parallel and intertwined constructions and negotiations of a Swedish literary canon inside and outside the nation, as well as the complex motives behind what Hermansson labels “superficial reception” in an era marked by a desire to both know and master the literature of other nations.

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