I Don't Dream of Genie

I denne study guide kan du få hjælp til at analysere novellen “I Don’t Dream of Genie”, som indgik i skriflig eksamen i Engelsk A på STX den 3. december 2019. Udover analysehjælpen kan du finde et summary af teksten samt idéer til din fortolkning. 

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Titel: “I Don’t Dream of Genie” (2016)
Forfatter: Chad Pelley
Genre: Short story

Chad Pelley er en canadisk forfatter og journalist. Hans debutroman Away from Everywhere (2006) er blevet filmatiseret, og han har vundet adskillige priser for sine noveller. 

Novellen “I Don’t Dream of Genie” kommer fra Pelleys novellesamling Four-Letter Words, som blev udgivet i 2016.


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The title of the short story “I Don’t Dream of Genie” by Chad Pelley is a reference to an American fantasy sitcom series from the 60s called “I Dream of Jeannie”. The series featured an astronaut who freed a genie (“Jeannie”) from a bottle. In the show, the genie not only grants the astronaut’s wishes, but falls in love with him as well, and ends up marrying him. In the story, Sherry’s ex is named Gene, which explains the wordplay between “genie” and “Gene”. As Genie could also be considered a term of endearment for Gene, the use shows Sherry’s affection towards him.

The title brings the important theme of wishes into focus. However, the romantic aspect of the TV show is in contrast with the events in the short story, as it presents Gene ending the relationship with Sherry and the effect this has on her. Since the title is in the negative, this is meant to highlight that the relationship has ended. The title and the narrative also appear to suggest that Gene is completely lost to her, because Sherry’s attempts to reconnect with him only involve dreams (and even those attempts fail her).

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