intet sprog muligt sprog - en undersøgelse af litteraturens muligheder for at formulere erfaringer om sorg

Sille Westphal Rasmussen, Ida Selvejer Faaborg & Katrine Mølgaard

Studenteropgave: Kandidatprojekt


This study investigates how literature and poetic language can capture experiences associated with trauma, death, and grief and thus give rise to a knowledge that is based on our senses and emotions rather than our comprehension. The subject of analysis is the danish writer Naja Marie Aidt’s book Har døden taget noget fra dig så giv det tilbage which was published in 2017. The book centers on a tragic and fatal incident; the loss of Aidt’s son Carl who – in a psychosis after having eaten narcotic fungi – jumped from the fourth floor and died at the age of 25. By the use of theories of literature and aesthetics including Cathy Caruth, Viktor Shklovsky, and Julia Kristeva this paper concludes that Aidt finds another language that breaks away from the fixed meanings in everyday’s dogmatic and discoursed language. By breaking with grammatical rules, using a fragmented narration, and lending the first person narrator’s voice to other writers Aidt gives shape to something that cannot be fully grasped; the traumatic experience of losing one’s child.

UddannelserDansk, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato28 maj 2018
Antal sider61
VejledereCharlotte Engberg


  • sorg
  • litteratur
  • traumeteori
  • affekt