Hjem - Ude - Hjemme

Simon Hilstrøm, Aske Tim Sparrebro, Camilla Frederiksen & Elisabeth Neel Meinecke Nørnberg

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This paper examines the theme of homelessness in the Danish translation of Karen Blixen’s “Out of Africa” both as a physical and emotional state. With a careful analysis of the narrator, genre and the very peculiar narrative structure of the books’ individual parts using contemporary theories of literature by specialists such as Larsen, Thurah and Chatman, this paper attempts to clarify the theme as presented in this specific context of a “home, away from home”. To fully understand the material the study utilized accounts of Kenyan history by Nicholls and Trzebinski. Also included is an investigation of the “homelessness”-theme in the tradition of western literature. Furthermore the paper employs the sociological theories of Anthony Giddens regarding the development of modern society, to elucidate the circumstances Blixen grew up under and was affected by, in order to better relate to her predicament. Results show that the theme of “homelessness” is strongly represented not only in the structure of the story as a whole but also in the style of narration and the language use. It is concluded that this theme is very important to have in mind when involving oneself with Karen Blixen and her legacy or any of the discussions related to her.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2014
VejledereCharlotte Engberg


  • Den afrikanske farm
  • Hjemløshed
  • Karen Blixen