Hvad der ikke slår dig ihjel

Therese Nürnberg, Ida Albek, Eva Jaffke & Maria Møller

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This paper investigates the genres employed in Louise Bokkenheuser’s Hvad der ikke slår dig ihjel: reportager fra København og Bagdad. To do this, the paper examines the work itself, by conduc-ting a genre analysis of the text. The focus of this study is to determine the significance of utilizing both fictional and nonfictional genres and writing styles in the telling of Louise Bokkenheuser’s story. The paper will clarify and define the genres applied in the text, using various literary theorists and carefully chosen literature. In concordance with determining the use of the genres in the text, the paper will include a clarification of the psychological term trauma, which will assist in analy-zing and defining the genres of the text. The study will thusly take an hermeneutic approach, as it will rely on humanistic theories, and proceed according to humanistic methods of interpretation and reflection, creating a circular relation between interpreter and the subject of interpretation. Through the general and genre-specific analysis and diskussion, the paper will conclude that the text consists of characteristics from the genres; reportage, New Journalism, essay, autobiography, bildungsroman and memoirs. The findings of this study are, that the first part of the text can be categorized mainly under autobiography, whereas the second part of the text is greatly influenced by journalistic genres such as reportage and New Journalism. The study determines that the consequences of the text’s title, plot, character, narrative, writing style and genre, is that the reader is better equipped to assess the credibilty of the author and thus the story. The study concludes, that the hybridity of the text has significance for the story’s credibility and truth value, as well as the reader’s capability to immerse in the story.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato17 dec. 2013
VejledereCharlotte Engberg


  • Louise Bokkenheuser, Irak, Irakkrig, New Journalism