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A Philosopher of the Heart – Who Did Not Dance: The Swedish History of Reception of Either/Or

Journal article
Authors Camilla Brudin Borg
Published in Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook
Pages 305-326
ISSN 1430-5372
Publication year 2008
Published at Department of Comparative Literature
Pages 305-326
Language en
Keywords Søren Kierkegaard, Swedish reception
Subject categories History and Archaeology

Abstract

The article will examine the literary reception of Søren Kierkegaard’s Either/Or in Sweden during the nineteenth and twentieth century. Since there already are several reliable studies concerning the general influence of Kierkegaard in Sweden, the article wants to draw attention to some important historical patterns and contexts that have been overlooked. The article begins with an essay written as early as 1851 by A. T. Lysander. This unique and early reception of Either/Or dates from Kierkegaard’s time, and he very likely read and approved of the characterisation. The article will thereafter trace the important reception of Either/Or in the great moral debate of the 1880s. The complete history of the translations Either/Or to Swedish will also be treated. Finally this article will examine Lars Gyllensten’s writings and ideas, which present Either/Or to a Swedish audience.

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