Suicide or marriage For the homosexuals in Danish literature, dying has been the core competence for hundreds of years
I hadn't really noticed this lecture. In one way or another, it fell outside my subject matter. That until I met the "vigorous lesbian", Vita Storm, the fatally (marriage)sick Martha Grüner and Herman Bang's suicide uncertain William Høg from Hopeless Families (which, in addition to having the coolest title, is one of my Danish favourites) and the other homosexual characters which are forced to embrace either abandonment, marriage or death, as a consequence of their sexuality in the heteronarrative literature.
The lecture is about the dead homosexuals in Danish literature 1880-1941 and is held by the highly-skilled literature researcher at SDU Dag Heede, which in the same time elaborates the term heteronarrative: "the widespread plot logic that determines the action to end happily as the homosexual character dies". Obviously a common but unlit trend in the literature of those times, which fascinates and scares by the fact that the characters often had to undergo the most ultimate transformation: to die, in order to be themselves.
My own hook on the subject came when I read Dag Heede's witty and light-flowing article about the theme of the lecture. It's a really nice read-up before the morning lecture in StudieStuen.
For mig er Odense et forsøg. En åben by, hvor jeg kan skabe mig selv ind i. En mulighed for at gøre noget tingene på en anden måde. Eller det er det hvert fald blevet. Personlig tiltrækkes jeg af f...