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  • 1.
    Almer, Johan
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
    Att bli själsligt alfabetiserad: Ingmar Bergmans Scener ur ett äktenskap som en väg till självkännedom (Bergmans berättelser)2018In: TijdSchrift voor Skandinavistiek, ISSN 0168-2148, E-ISSN 1875-9505, Vol. 36, no 2, p. 92-98Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Scenes from a Marriage (1973) marked a breakthrough for Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007), reaching awide audience both nationally and internationally. Scenes from a Marriage is also Bergman's first television series and today his most performed play in theatre around the world. Productions of Scenes from a Marriage in different media, such as television series, feature films, a book and in the theatre,has made it Bergman's most widespread work. Scenes from a Marriage was also of great importance to many individuals, influencing them to make crucial changes in their lives and relationships. Bergman's story of the marriage of two people, a marriage in crisis, divorce and reconciliation has obviously something to say to many of us who have watched, listened to, or read the story. What then does it tell us, and in what way is the story told? This question is addressed in an analysis of the work's composition,with particular emphasis on narrative techniques, motifs and the underlying theme, based on the Swedish book version. The six scenes in the book all take a dramatic form and present the same basic literary motif in different ways: a relationship based on love between two people in a very difficult situation.This motif, in turn, unfolds within the overall theme of the work: the human search for truth. This transforms the scenes into something more than just a story about a marriage crisis, becoming a story about two people's search for meaning in life. This aspect of the story is perhaps the main reason why Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage has reached out and touched so many people and still does. There is also a critical dimension to the search for truth, questioning the conventions and traditions of marriage and society. This analysis is the first in a series of analyses of Ingmar Bergman's written works.

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    Almer, Johan
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
    Att sätta döden ur spel: En analys av Tomas Tranströmers dikt "Medeltida motiv"2018In: Samlaren: tidskrift för svensk litteraturvetenskaplig forskning, ISSN 0348-6133, E-ISSN 2002-3871, Vol. 139, no -, p. 162-177, article id -Article in journal (Refereed)
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    To knock Death out of the Game. An analysis of Tomas Tranströmer’s poem “Medieval motif ”

    The Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer’s (1931–2015) poem “Medieval Motif ”, from For Living and Dead (1989), takes its visual point of departure in the motif “Man who plays chess with Death about his life”. A motif also found in medieval visual arts (Albertus Pictor, 1440–1509) and in modern film art (Ingmar Bergman, 1918–2007). In both Pictors painting, ”The Game of Chess with Death” (around 1480), and Bergman’s film The Seventh Seal (1957), Death knocks man out of the game by checkmate. In Tranströmer’s poem, however, things turn out somewhat differently. In “Medieval Motif ” there is unique word in Swedish poetry, “frisörsaxklippande” (“barber-scissor-like clipping”), as a determination for a sound. The analysis of the poem tries to answer a number of questions: What is this sound exactly? Why does the sound occur in a poem about a motif from the Middle Ages? What function does the sound have for the poem as an artistic whole? The “Medieval motif ”, which besides the title consists of two Sapphic stanzas, is the subject of an in-depth motif analysis and of a composition analysis. In summary, the analysis shows that the “Medieval motif ” forms an epiphany where the motif of Vanitas contributes to the understanding of the moment of togetherness as time and space cease to exist, and a previously hidden truth is revealed. As a part of that truth, Death is knocked out of the game.

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    Almer, Johan
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    I egen sak: Retoriska anteckningar om ett öppet brev av C. J. L. Almqvist2007In: Den litterära textens förändringar: Studier tillägnade Stina Hansson / [ed] Stefan Ekman, Mats Malm, Lisbeth Stenberg, Eslöv: Symposion Brutus Östlings bokförlag, 2007, p. 200-207Chapter in book (Other academic)
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