• Emma Kortsen
Speciale, Kandidatuddannelsen
By conducting a reception study, this master’s thesis analyzes the reading experiences of 8 different respondents, that have all read Tove Ditlevsen’s classic novel, Man gjorde et barn fortræd. By utilizing an interdisciplinary theoretical foundation, mixing psychology and literary theory, the thesis argues that life experiences, associations and the stream of thought have a profound effect on the individual reading experience. The data has been collected through a semi-structured interview, which has been conducted shortly after respondents finished reading the novel. The thesis’ analysis focuses, among other things, on the effect that expectations and prior knowledge has on the reading experience, the reader’s identification and relationships to the characters, and the degree of emotional sympathy. It is observed that even those readers that are similar to each other demographically have completely different experiences reading the same novel. Berntsen & Larsen (1993) claim that a book can be read impersonally. They argue that a reader doesn’t necessarily include its own identity in the process of reading. In the discussion this is problematized. This thesis’s analysis suggests, that the readers always utilize their life experiences to make sense of the novel’s contents. This is the case no matter how emotionally invested the reader is in the novel. Following that, the role of literary critics and their role as mediators of literature will be discussed. Here, the role of social media and it’s disruptive effect on literary criticism will be explicated and discussed.
Udgivelsesdato30 jul. 2018
Antal sider74
Udgivende institutionInstitut for Informationsvidenskab, Københavns Universitet


  • receptionsteori, receptionstudier, læseoplevelser, psykologi, Kulturformidling, litteraturformidling, litteraturkritik