Author: Victoria Fleischer Brattås
Title: Blind for hva? Sinne, seksuelle overgrep og psykiske lidelser i Lars Ove Seljestads roman Blind (2005)
Subtitle: En narratologisk og psykoanalytisk analyse
Thesis: Masteroppgave, Universitetet i Oslo
Pages: x + 54pp.
Link: DUO: Digitale utgivelser ved UiO (Free Access)
Abstract: »Lars Ove Seljestad s debut novel Blind (2005) has generally been read as a narrative about class migration and the way that this class migration leads to the main character, Geir Kinsarvik, wishing to die. However, the text also contains a number of destructive factors such as traumatic childhood memories, anger, sexual assaults and double personality. Hence, Blind deals with class migration amongst other themes, but the class migration alone does not give a satisfactory explanation as to why Geir has psychological issues, or his apparent death wish. Geir s thoughts about his own fate are focused on external issues, instead of searching within his own psyche and that which is hidden in his inner self. With this as a starting point I raise the research question: What is Geir blind to? Can addressing the perspectives of anger, sexual assaults and psychological disorders explain his death wish? . This thesis contains two principal parts, one narratological and one psychoanalytical. In the narratological analysis I describe how the narrative is built up and point out components which can have a thematic significance. I am using Gérard Genette s term system about time, story teller and perspective, James Phelan s theory of character, David Herman s approach to narrative space and Gaston Bachelard s reflections about houses and homes. In addition I make an in depth comparison of the rape scenes. In the psychoanalytical analysis I combine my findings from the narrative study and parts of the text which are central to Geir s psychological development. I use Sigmund Freud s dream theory to analyze Geir s main hallucination, while I use Carl Gustav Jung s theory of archetypes and his synthetic method to interpret symbols. Trine Anstorp, Kirsten Benum and Marianne Jakobsen s descriptions of dissociation and personality disorder can explain Geir s symptoms, which are seen in the light of two traumatic childhood memories. In addition I carry out an interpretation of the blindness and death themes. Geir s blindness and death wish stem from a repressed realization and the loss of wife and child. He has developed from being a frightened boy to becoming an angry assaulter. In the end he becomes a desperate man who is waiting for blind violence to find him.« (Source: DUO Digitale utgivelser ved UiO)
Added: January 31, 2015 – Last updated: January 31, 2015