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Kristine Ølholm Roepstorff, Tobias Frej Jeppesen, Oliver Barington, Marjun Garðarnar & Emil Monajemzadeh

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The main theme in this project started out with our fascination within the term authenticity. There lies a common understanding of the term, but it seems very hard to define. How is it defined, how is it measured, how is it achieved and how is it expressed? This is some of the questions we found interesting. At the same time we wanted to work within the limits of American literature around the 1950’s, and see if we could learn more about the concept of authenticity through the texts. We chose three books to work with: The Catcher in the Rye, On the Road and One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. These are three classics which have been enjoyed by many, and they are from a time where terms like anticonformity and authenticity were upcoming matters in society and played an important role for that particular generation, and inspired the ones that followed. To analyze the novels we are using an existential psychological perspective on authenticity to figure out how authenticity is expressed and furthermore how this perspective can contribute to a broader understanding of the diversity of the term. The philosopher, Simon Blackburn, shares another view on the term and presents a socialconstructivistic point of view, which denies the existence of authenticity and leaves individuals to be determined by their external environment. We discuss these two aspects, the effect on the literature, and significance of authenticity for people in general. Through our analysis and discussion we found that the three books are more an expression of anticonformity and freedom than authenticity. It depends on which beliefs you share whether you will find authentic elements or not, but nevertheless, the books express something universal that fascinates and inspires. Freedom becomes a major keyword all the books have in common.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2015


  • authenticity