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Introduction Claus Elholm Andersen and Dean Krouk oon after the publication of Book 1 of Karl Ove Knausgård’s Min kamp (My Struggle) in Norway in 2009, a consensus Semerged among a number of Scandinavian scholars on how to understand and interpret the novel. According to these scholars, whose approach to Knausgård soon came to dominate the scholar - ship, Min kamp was not just another example of autofiction. Rather, it was the culmination, and very pinnacle, of an autofictive trend, which had at that point already dominated Scandinavian literature for almost a decade. Knausgård had even, as one scholar expressed it, “ført romanen som form inn i dens siste fase” [taken the novel as a form into its very last phase], and Min kamp could be seen as ev - i dence of how “romanens tid må sies å være forbi” (Lorentzen 2010) [the age of the novel seems to be over]. Consequently, a large part of the scholarship chose to focus on the autobiographical aspect as scholars analyzed and dissected the relationship between fiction and reality in Knausgård’s novel. In their attempt to describe this relationship as precisely as possible, a number of literary scholars argued that the term http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Scandinavian Studies Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study

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Abstract

Claus Elholm Andersen and Dean Krouk oon after the publication of Book 1 of Karl Ove Knausgård’s Min kamp (My Struggle) in Norway in 2009, a consensus Semerged among a number of Scandinavian scholars on how to understand and interpret the novel. According to these scholars, whose approach to Knausgård soon came to dominate the scholar - ship, Min kamp was not just another example of autofiction. Rather, it was the culmination, and very pinnacle, of an autofictive trend, which had at that point already dominated Scandinavian literature for almost a decade. Knausgård had even, as one scholar expressed it, “ført romanen som form inn i dens siste fase” [taken the novel as a form into its very last phase], and Min kamp could be seen as ev - i dence of how “romanens tid må sies å være forbi” (Lorentzen 2010) [the age of the novel seems to be over]. Consequently, a large part of the scholarship chose to focus on the autobiographical aspect as scholars analyzed and dissected the relationship between fiction and reality in Knausgård’s novel. In their attempt to describe this relationship as precisely as possible, a number of literary scholars argued that the term

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Published: Jul 31, 2020

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