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'The Italian Factor': Representations of Italy in Selma Lagerlöf's Legends and Hans Ernst Kinck's Novellas

Carbone, E; (2019) 'The Italian Factor': Representations of Italy in Selma Lagerlöf's Legends and Hans Ernst Kinck's Novellas. Scandinavica , 57 (2) pp. 61-90. Green open access

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Abstract

This article explores the representations of Italy emerging in a selection of short stories written by two Scandinavian authors at the end of the nineteenth century: two Italian legends by Swedish author Selma Lageröf (1858-1940), ‘Santa Caterina av Siena’ (Santa Caterina of Siena) and ‘Fiskarringen’ (The Fisherman’s Ring), and the novellas in Trækfugle og andre (1899, Migratory Birds and Others) by the Norwegian writer Hans Ernst Kinck (1865-1926). Through a comparative analysis of these texts and with the help of the concepts of ‘cultural appropriation’ and ‘mobility’, this article demonstrates how both Lageröf and Kinck engaged creatively with the literary forms of their choice – the legend and the novella, respectively – in the attempt to create new images of a country already so written about. While drawing on the Romantic myth of a cultured and idyllic Italy perpetuated by the Grand Tour tradition, Lageröf’s and Kinck’s stories bring a fresh perspective by combining tradition with modern debates around social, political and gender issues.

Type: Article
Title: 'The Italian Factor': Representations of Italy in Selma Lagerlöf's Legends and Hans Ernst Kinck's Novellas
Location: United Kingdom
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.scandinavica.net/home.php
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Selma Lageröf, Legender, Hans E. Kinck, Trækfugle og andre, cultural appropriation, mobility, North/South, literary genre
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10066116
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