This project explores the novel Gud taler ud published in 2004 and written by Jens Blendstrup, with the intent to examine several opposites using relevant literary theory.
The novel takes place in a suburban home in Risskov where a married couple with four boys relocates in to a new home. The story follows their lives in the house and neighbourhood over the course of 20 odd years. The father of the family is an alcoholic and moves into early retirement, before he is diagnosed with cancer which ends in death a few years after the diagnosis. The mother battles with different neurosis’ whilst she tries to hold the family together and care of both, her outrageous husband and four sons. The story alternates between everyday mundane activities and divine references that elevates an ordinary life to an extraordinary existence.
This is all based on the author's childhood and the main character Uffe, better known as God, is a portrait of his own father. Therefor the novel is a combination of childhood memories and fictional tales, which challenges the classical understanding of the epic genre and questions the author personally ties to the story.
This is just one of the many contesting elements the novel embodies and therefore is the focus for our literary analysis. We seek to examine these through a hermeneutical interpretation of the genre, plot, narrator and characters amongst other things, mainly with literary theories from the textbook Litteratur. This will further contain an examination, of the use of humour, when describing tragic circumstances, especially using obscene language and exploration of the occurrence of divinity and profanity throughout the novel.
With the abovementioned in mind, we wish to do an overall interpretation of the main themes from the analysis and attempt to see this in an existential perspective. The analysis seen from a larger point of view will make it possible for us to gain an understanding of the text and the bigger meaning behind it.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Bachelor|
|Udgivelsesdato||24 maj 2019|
|Vejledere||Lasse Horne Kjældgaard|