Bjørnstjerne Martinus Bjørnson: Nye Fortellinger: Absalons Haar [New Tales: Absalom’s Hair] (1174 words)

Kathryn Jane Rees (University of Cambridge)
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Bjørnson’s novella uses the geographical setting and family history of The Heritage of the Kurts (1884) and introduces into it the figure of Kirsten Ravn. The Ravn family first appeared in Bjørnson’s work in the play The New System (1879), and, in both works, it is represented as a family that holds religiously together, uniting against all newcomers. As with The Heritage of the Kurts, Bjørnson explores ideas of heredity, and the conscious attempts by mothers to expunge paternal traits in their sons. There are many parallels between the mother-son relationship in The Heritage of the Kurts and Absolom’s Hair: both widows strive to control their sons’…

Rees, Kathryn Jane. "Nye Fortellinger: Absalons Haar". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 October 2016
[, accessed 17 October 2018.]

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