Generation hvad og hvorfor?

Tania Jacobsen, Nynne Billesbølle Tworek, Maria Ullum Kristensen & Helle Castella Thomsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Abstract This report is a literary project which deals with five collections of poems written by writers, who are all considered as being part of the designation “Generation Ethic” (Generation Etik). The collections of poems are: det nemme og det ensomme of Asta Olivia Nordenhof, Jeg æder mig selv som lyng of Olga Ravn, Mörkhall of Rasmus Halling Nielsen, I civil of Amalie Smith and Atlanterhavet vokser of Julie Sten-Knudsen. The designation Generation Ethics has emerged in connection with an article in the newspaper Information, where among others lecturer in Literature at Lund University state that, the above-mentioned authors express a so-called ethical obligation to the world and a political consciousness, through their collections of poems. The article has contributed to a debate on, for example the literary blog Promenaden and furthermore caused a string of other articles regarding the subject to be written, whereas some of them are written by the authors themselves. It is discussed whether the so-called Generation Ethics-authors write innovatory literature, and whether or not they can be categorized as a generation. Additionally it is discussed if it is the ethical and political aspect they have in common, or if it is in fact something else, that connects the authors. The report will through a thorough analysis of each of the collections of poems explore, what connects the authors – focus will be on the body and family as general themes and authenticity as a general stylistic device. The report is based on Hans-Georg Gadamers philosophical hermeneutics and David Perkins’ book Is literary history possible?, where Perkins ideas regarding literary history is portrayed, and where he also outlines how literature can be classified. The report will in addition, with inspiration from the Danish author Søren Ulrik Thomsen and his essay Farvel til det blå rum from 1990 explore, to what extent the collections of poems can portray the society, in which they are written in. Through Wittgensteins family resemblance theory the report will explore if the body, family and authenticity can be looked at as family resemblances throughout the collections of poems, and if there are enough family resemblances in order to characterize the Generation Ethics-authors as generation. Last but not least the report contains a discussion on whether or not Generation Ethics is the right name for the authors, or if it should in fact be, based on the focus in the analysis – the body, family and authenticity – called something else.

UddannelserDansk, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato20 maj 2015
VejledereHans Ulrik Rosengaard


  • Literature
  • Poems