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Erling Jepsen’s Writing for Recovery of Being

  • Journal of the Scandinavian Society of Korea
  • Abbr : JSSK
  • 2016, (17), pp.191-218
  • Publisher : The Scandinavian Society of Korea
  • Research Area : Social Science > Area Studies > North Europe(Scandinavian)

Jai Ung Hong 1

1한국외국어대학교

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ABSTRACT

Born and raised in Gram, Jylland in the southern Denmark, Erling Jepsen is one of the representative contemporary writers in Denmark. The characters presented in his works are mostly the marginalized outsiders, the lonely ones who lost their roots. The relationships between these figures and the surrounding world can be defined as enervation, uncertainty or desire. The drama, Manden som bad om lov til at være her på jorden, presents Allan, the main character, as somehow ridiculous man who drives himself to the extreme. For example by confessing a murder which he didn’t commit he puts himself behind the bars. The characters who seemed to quite boring and typical carry heavy burden in their minds relating themselves to the unfolding circumstances defining their own unique characteristics, and they are described abstractively unlike the sharp-minded ones. They could be just one of the unknowns in the crowd if they were not christened. In an attempt to psychoanalyze the characters in the drama, centering on Allan, the main character, Lacan’s theory of subjectivity, which is divided into three steps: The Imaginary, The Symbolic and the Real is applied to this study. Above all, Jepsen finds his emotional stability through his writing by oppressing his suppressed anger from his childhood. In this sens, it is quite interesting to see how the writer achieves the emancipation of self or recovery of being, in this case through Allan.

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