En Baglæns Upålidelighed

Rikke Marie Bock Porsager, Martin Hyldgaard Krenzen, Ea Normann John, Ditte Kirstine Andersen & Emilie Beglaubter

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Summary With emphasis on the unreliable narrator, this project examines the short story Baglæns by Steen Steensen Blicher (1839). The examination takes point of departure in a close reading and analysis of the text at the level of syntax, style, and grammar as we believe that the unreliability of the narrator can be revealed in the textual choices. Shortly, the story is about two sisters, Juliane and Vilhelmine who both are in love with the same man, Ferdinand. The story is narrated in reversed chronology, and takes place over the span of eight years divided into seven chapters. In the process of analysis, Simon Borchmann’s theory about peripetic stories have been applied in the search of a peripetic point, a point at which the trustful reader will be forced to re-evaluate his original thesis about the meaning of the text, and find a new meaning. This is also the point in the text, where the reader will stop trusting the narrator, and start looking for his motives for deceiving the reader. We found this point in the very end of the text in FØRSTE KAPITEL where it is revealed that the narrator is actively considering marrying one of the sisters, and that he, thereby, has motives to interfere with the romances between the two sisters and Ferdinand. Furthermore, we have used Grice’s maxims to evaluate the meaning of the narrator failing to fulfill certain maxims and Phelan and Martin to give us a conceptual framework to work with the unreliable narrator. To a lesser degree we have used Hejlsted, and Heltoft & Hansen and to support our analysis. Our conclusion is that the narrator in Baglæns is unreliable and that his unreliability is exposed in the reversed chronology, and in the choice of syntax, style and grammar.

UddannelserDansk, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato26 jun. 2012


  • peripetiske tekster
  • Simon Borchmann
  • Blicher
  • "Baglæns"
  • upålidelig fortæller