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Selma Lagerlöf, Fredrika Bremer and Women as Nation Builders

Chapter in book
Authors Jenny Bergenmar
Published in Women Telling Nations. Women Writers in History 1
Pages 227-245
ISBN 978-90-420-3870-7
Publisher Rodopi
Place of publication Amsterdam
Publication year 2014
Published at Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
Pages 227-245
Language en
Keywords women, citizenship, Selma Lagerlöf, Fredrika Bremer, emancipation, authorship
Subject categories Languages and Literature

Abstract

Departing from Selma Lagerlöf's short story, "Mamsell Fredrika", this chapter presents Lagerlöf's discussion of women's tasks in the building of an equal and sustainable nation. She compares men's creation of the State with women's creation of the home, and makes this an absolute prerequisite for the good home in a societal and political sense. This discourse has often been compared to Ellen Key's thoughts on motherhood as a vocation, but closer examination points to a different evaluation of women's work, which is not, in Selma Lagerlöf's view, strictly connected to motherhood in it's biological sense, but rather detached from the conventional and instead closely related to writing as another kind of women's work.

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