Sara Pärsson

Sara Pärsson


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Works at Department of Culture and Aesthetics
Telephone 08-16 26 93
Postal address Institutionen för kultur och estetik 106 91 Stockholm


In my thesis project I study depictions of setting up home in a selection of swedish 20th century novels (by female authors, Selma Lagerlöf, Elin Wägner among others). The analysis is focused on how homes are depicted and discussed, what is necessary for the house to become a home, and what is asked of the inhabitants. This relates to contexts as swedish 20thcentury ideas and history, and questions of gender, class, sexuality and temporality.

A wide range of aspects of dwelling and the domestic sphere are considered – how the narrative space is organised, presented and lived in; how different homes and domestic tasks are valued within the fictive world; what is presented as the ideal home and how that relates to the historic context; and how that is negotiated by the characters in the novels. 

Research interests

domesticity, home, house, 20th century Sweden, spatial theory, architecture, literary geography, spatial reading, domestic sphere, everyday life

Last updated: January 28, 2019

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