Hjemsted - Hjemmet i dannelses- og udviklingsromanen

Mathias Steen Hansen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


The focus in this thesis is ‘the home’, as a place and an existential term of human living, in the Bildungsroman and the novel of development genres within Danish literature. The literary works of the thesis are Meïr Aron Goldschmidt’s Hjemløs (direct translation: Homeless) and Henrik Pontoppidan’s Lykke-Per (Lucky Per). The main focus of this thesis is to examine the home as a genre marker to differentiate between the Bildungsroman and the novel of development genres.
This thesis discusses why the home is not included in previous research and how a study of the home can be used in the understanding of the works and the genres. Through an analysis of the two mentioned works, the thesis examines the home as a literary place, and how it influences the characters’ cultural formation and development. To do so, the analysis applies theories about the concept of the place and theories of what a home is. The analysis leads to a literary discussion of the two works and of how literary tendencies like ‘biedermeier’ and realism affect the representation of the home.
The thesis concludes that the home can be used as a genre marker to differentiate between the Bildungsroman and the novel of development. The home in the Bildungsroman is a utopian, religious and metaphysical home, whilst the home in the novel of development is localised, religiously conflictive and existential. In both genres, the home has a large influence on how the characters develop and find their way through life.

UddannelserDansk, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato29 maj 2018
Antal sider78
VejledereLasse Horne Kjældgaard


  • Dannelsesroman
  • Udviklingsroman
  • Pontoppidan
  • Lykke-Per
  • Goldschmidt
  • Hjemløs
  • Hjemmet
  • Stedbegrebet
  • Litteraturhistorie
  • Tilblivelsesroman
  • Hjemmets historie
  • Winther