The Chronotope of the Legend in Astrid Lindgren's Sunnanäng: Toward an Intergeneric Level of Bakhtinian Chronotopes

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List of Authors: Camilla Asplund Ingemark
Editors: Kaarina Koski and Frog with Ulla Savolainen
Place: Helsinki
Publication year: 2016
Publisher: Suomalaisen kirjallisuuden seura
Book title: Genre–Text–Interpretation: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Folklore and Beyond
Title of series: Studia Fennica Folkloristica
Number in series: 22
Start page: 232
End page: 250
ISBN: 978-952-222-738-6


This book chapter studies the uses of oral legend and folktale in Astrid Lindgren's collection of short stories Sunnanäng. It is argued that folkloric chronotopes endow these stories with their peculiar ambience, and that Mikhail Bakhtin's original conception of chronotopes as either located on the micro-level of motifs or the macro-level of genres needs to be supplemented with an intertextual/intergeneric level of chronotopes, which could help explain processes of change in the cultural constitution of chronotopes. It is suggested that Astrid Lindgren exploits folkloric chronotopes to re-orient the established literary ones, such as the chronotope of historical inversion and the idyllic chronotope.

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