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Rose-Line Mulbjerg Knudsen, Nicolai Brenøe-Jensen, Lauge Eilsøe-Madsen, Mads Risvang Muurholm, Laura Rannje, Anna Kyhn & Jákup Bjørnsson Haraldsen

Student thesis: Termpaper


The present project examines the question: Is it possible to write one’s way to cognition? We are examining how two different authors write what might seem like biographical works in order to reflect upon their own lives and thereby maybe understand themselves better. The two authors Hermann Hesse (1877 – 1962) and Aksel Sandemose (1899 – 1965) wrote the books Demian (1919) by Hesse and En flygtning krydser sit spor (1933) by Sandemose. It is interesting how the authors seek to understand what made them who they are. In order to do so, they both look back upon their childhood to examine what influenced and shaped them. Our analysis works with psychoanalysis and the interpretation of the experiences of the childhood. Our analyses are made with the theories of Jung and Adler. Furthermore, we have analyzed the historical context of the time in which the books were written in order to understand the main currents of the inter-war period. The authors describe the time in which they lived; the breakdown of authorities and the loss of values place the main characters in a position of doubt of their own worth. This leads to insecurity. This insecurity contributes in making them who they are, as argued in the psychoanalysis theory. The question is then, whether they realize this themselves and thereby finds their cognition. The main character in Demian clearly realises how his life shapes him, whereas it is more doubtable whether the main character in En flygtning krydser sit spor finds his cognition. To some degree he finds a pattern. He may not find the final cognition that leads him to the complete understanding of himself. He is, however, on his way. It is possible to write one’s way to cognition. The reflections upon one’s life makes it possible to understand oneself and thereby find the cognition.

EducationsBasic - Bachelor Study Programme in Humanities, (Bachelor Programme) Basic
Publication date18 Dec 2014
SupervisorsAksel Haaning


  • skønlitteratur
  • erkendelse
  • Hermann Hesse
  • Aksel Sandemose