Literature and class : aesthetical-political strategies in modern Swedish working-class literature

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Title Literature and class : aesthetical-political strategies in modern Swedish working-class literature
Author Nilsson, Magnus
Date 2014
English abstract
Working-class literature has, at least since the 1930s, constituted a central strand in Swedish literature. Literature and class analyzes the aesthetical-political strategies for criticizing class and class injustice deployed in modern Swedish working-class literature, thereby contributing to the theoretical understanding of the relationship between literature and class, and to the development of a Marxist literary theory capable of combining literary analysis with political intervention. After introducing a framework for conceptualizing the relationship between literature and class, which draws on contemporary anti-essentialist and dialectical Marxist theory, and giving a brief presentation of the tradition of Swedish working-class literature, Literature and Class analyzes the representation of class and class injustice in works by modern Swedish working-class writers such as Folke Fridell, Göran Palm, and Kristian Lundberg. In order to highlight the specificity of their aesthetical-political strategies, these are compared with those developed by West-German working-class writers such as Max von der Grün and Günter Wallraff. Finally, the claim is made that Swedish working-class literature, because of its ability to rethink the phenomena of class and class injustice, constitutes an avant-garde in contemporary class politics.
Swedish abstract
Boken behandlar, med utgångspunkt i marxistisk litteraturteori, hur klass skildras i modern svensk arbetarlitteratur. Särskild uppmärksamhet ägnas åt Folke Fridells Död mans hand och Greppet hårdnar, Göran Palms rapportböcker från LM Ericsson och Kristian Lundbergs Yarden. Dessutom görs jämförelser med västtysk arbetarlitteratur.
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Publisher Humboldt-universität
Series/Issue Berliner Beiträge zur Skandinavistik;21
ISSN 0933-4009
ISBN 978-3-932406-36-2
Language eng (iso)
Subject working-class literature
Swedish literature
svensk litteratur
Marxist literary theory
marxistisk litteraturteori
Folke Fridell
Göran Palm
Kristian Lundberg
Günter Wallraff
Max von der Grün
German working-class literature
tysk arbetarlitteratur
Werkkreis Literatur der Arbeitswelt
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
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