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Humanities 2018, 7(4), 106; https://doi.org/10.3390/h7040106

‘As If There Was No Fear’: Exploring Nostalgic Narrative in Bo Carpelan’s Novel Berg

Faculty of Communication Sciences, University of Tampere, 33014 Tampere, Finland
Received: 15 September 2018 / Revised: 24 October 2018 / Accepted: 26 October 2018 / Published: 31 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Contemporary Nostalgia)
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This article addresses nostalgic experience and aims at a definition of nostalgic narrative through textual analysis. The target text is Bo Carpelan’s Berg (2005). The novel is analysed with narratological methods focusing on the narrative modes and the techniques of narrative mediation that invite a nostalgic experience in the reader. This side of the phenomenon—the textual aesthetics of nostalgia—has been explored by few scholars, whereas the contextual and cultural aspects of nostalgia have received a lot of attention. This article suggests further ways of analysing how a text evokes nostalgic experience, and thus considers the nostalgic experience of the reader as the definitive core of nostalgic narrative. The nostalgic experience in Berg is intense, reflective, and ambivalent. These qualities are produced on the level of both the narrative discourse and the story: by changes between the narrative modes and by the nostalgic and non-nostalgic content that builds and breaks the idealised narrative. The article suggests that more attention should be paid to the complexity of nostalgic narratives. Furthermore, it highlights that by creating reflectivity and contradictions, the non-nostalgic content also affects the nostalgic narrative. View Full-Text
Keywords: nostalgia; contemporary nostalgia; nostalgic experience; nostalgic narrative; narrative modes; narrative mediation; reflective nostalgia; idealisation; first-person narrative; Finland-Swedish literature nostalgia; contemporary nostalgia; nostalgic experience; nostalgic narrative; narrative modes; narrative mediation; reflective nostalgia; idealisation; first-person narrative; Finland-Swedish literature
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Jolma, N. ‘As If There Was No Fear’: Exploring Nostalgic Narrative in Bo Carpelan’s Novel Berg. Humanities 2018, 7, 106.

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