BODY AND PERCEPTIONS AS KEY ELEMENTS IN KNUT HAMSUN’S NOVEL HUNGER Cover Image
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BODY AND PERCEPTIONS AS KEY ELEMENTS IN KNUT HAMSUN’S NOVEL HUNGER
BODY AND PERCEPTIONS AS KEY ELEMENTS IN KNUT HAMSUN’S NOVEL HUNGER

Author(s): Annamaria Stan
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai
Keywords: alienation; body; Hamsun; hunger; modernism; psyche.

Summary/Abstract: The purpose of the present article is to analyse and describe the way in which the hero’s body acts as a representation of the void in Knut Hamsun’s work Hunger. Modern literature uses images of the body as an embodiment of the époque’s ideas and artistic ideals. The body becomes a carrier of symbols. The alienated self, the contrasts between the real world and the characters’ expectations, and the paradoxes of the modern age are all thoroughly described and included in the image of the body. Being a modernist writer, one of the forefathers of modern literature in Norway, Hamsun sees the body as an artistic tool meant to approach and to show the literary tendencies at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.

  • Issue Year: 55/2010
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 61-67
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: English