Tradition, modernitet och förnyelse : Elisabeth Beskow och hennes författarskap decennierna kring sekelskiftet 1900

G4 Doctoral dissertation (monograph)


Internal Authors/Editors


Publication Details

List of Authors: Ulrika Lagerlöf NIlsson
Publisher: Åbo Akademis förlag
Place: Åbo
Publication year: 2017
Number of pages: 336
ISBN: 978-951-765-875-1
eISBN: 978-951-765-876-8


Abstract

The aim of this thesis has been to study the Swedish author Elisabeth
Beskow (1870–1928, pen name Runa) and her authorship at the intersection
between tradition and renewal. Her books became widely
spread in the Nordic countries as well as in Europe and the United
States. Elisabeth Beskow’s life task was proclaiming God’s word for
the sake of people’s well-being and salvation. Her ideal was a modern
Christian human being meeting the new society with personal
faith that enabled her or him to navigate among the moral pitfalls of
the time. The stories in the books conveyed a message considered
important to spread in a society where secularization in various ways
was becoming an increasingly noticeable element.
Elisabeth Beskow was active in a transition between tradition,
modernity and renewal. It is at the intersection of these three concepts
that a vital part of her life and activities took place. Different
types of source material have been used and analyzed to present
more nuanced research results on Elisabeth Beskow and her activities
than those found in earlier studies and descriptions of her. A more
challenging image of Elisabeth Beskow as an individual and author
has been presented and constitutes the basis for further discussion.
This study shows that Elisabeth Beskow was depicted as a liberal
pioneer, with her gaze focused on modern society and the courage to
dare to offer alternative interpretations and thoughts. At the same
time she was characterized by her Christian conservative approach.
Carrying out a study focusing on authorship, literary production and
contemporary reviews of that literary production has involved a new
research perspective not previously implemented in similar studies
by authors studying the genre of edifying religious literature. This
dissertation is therefore the first comprehensive scientific work on
Elisabeth Beskow and her authorship.


Keywords

Biography, church history, literature, Women

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