Seksualitetens uddrivelse

  • Nils Gunder Hansen Syddansk Universitet
Nøgleord: happiness, love, sexuality, danish literature, history of mentalities,

Resumé

The article investigates a historical development in the concepts of happiness and love and the norms of sexual behavior from a rural community over the upcoming welfare society in the suburbs to the late modern period in the big city. The changes are observed through three Danish literary texts from 1960, 1965 and 2011, first the novel I heltespor (“In the footsteps of heroes”) by Erik Aalbæk Jensen, then the short story Julestue (“The Christmas Gathering”) by Anders Bodelsen and finally the novel Se på mig (“Look at me”) by Kirsten Hammann. In the rural community happiness is knowing your right place and mastering the challenges of seduction and sexual temptation without the complete surrender to an inauthentic life of pure conventionalism. In the suburbs and early welfare society controlled infidelity with the exchange of partners represents a promise of happiness, something “more” and meaningful transcending the pure material satisfaction of the new and well managed consumer society. In the late modern period the importance of sexuality and love is downgraded in a remarkable manner: The search for happiness is extremely individualized and conceived as a kind of portal you have to enter at the precise right moment of your life trajectory. Sexuality and love seem to have lost their transcendent and integrational power in the game of happiness.

Forfatterbiografi

Nils Gunder Hansen, Syddansk Universitet

Nils Gunder Hansen, f. 1956. Professor i tekst- og kulturanalyse ved Institut for Kulturvidenskaber, Syddansk Universitet. Seneste monografi Danske tidsånder 1940-2010. Fra Hal Koch og K. E. Løgstrup til Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Forlaget Anis 2013. Seneste antologi (redigeret sammen med Ivy York Möller-Christensen) Etik til forhandling. Litteratur – Film – TV, Dansklærerforeningens Forlag 2015.

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Publiceret
2016-06-21
Citation/Eksport
Hansen, N. G. (2016). Seksualitetens uddrivelse. K&K - Kultur Og Klasse, 44(121), 205-220. https://doi.org/10.7146/kok.v44i121.23746
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