Hærværk - romanen, filmen, forestillingen

Christian Achton Friis

Studenteropgave: Speciale


Abstract This assignment studies the work of the Danish critic, poet and novelist Tom Kristensen and his 1930 novel Hærværk (eng: Vandalism, published as Havoc in 1968). The focus of the novel Hærværk is the fictive critic and poet Ole Jastrau, who seeks self-destruction by drinking, with the goal to reject the demands of the outside world. He starts out having a family, a job and connections and by his own will ends up with nothing. The novel was adapted for the screen in 1977 and for the theatre in 2014. First, the study presents a summary of the reactions and established interpretations of the novel Hærværk over a period of 73 years (1930-2013). The interpretations are written by Jens Andersen, Klaus Rifbjerg, Torben Jelsbak and Jørgen Breitenstein among others. Second, the novel is analyzed using the established interpretations and includes a focus on the main character relations’ to the secondary characters. This is followed by an analysis of the 1977 film version with a focus on the use of realism. Next follows an analysis of the play from 2014 with a focus on the use of expressionism. Furthermore, the three versions are compared in a context using theory from realism in literature and film and expressionism in literature and theatre. Finally, theories from Existential Psychotherapy by Irvin Yalom and the work A Theory of Adaptation by Linda Hutcheon, are introduced to discuss how the elements of realism and expressionism can lead into a postmodern expression.

UddannelserDansk, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato29 jan. 2015
Vejledereerik svendsen


  • livsanskuelser
  • ekspressionisme
  • Tom Kristensen
  • realisme
  • Hærværk
  • roman
  • adaptation
  • film
  • teater
  • psykoterapi