Class, Taste, and Literature : The Case of Ivar Lo-Johansson and Swedish Working- Class Literature

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Class, Taste, and Literature : The Case of Ivar Lo-Johansson and Swedish Working- Class Literature
Author Nilsson, Magnus
Date 2019
English abstract
This article discusses the tradition of Swedish working-class literature and the relationship between taste and class. First, I analyze the representation of this relationship in Swedish working-class writer Ivar Lo-Johansson’s novel Kungsgatan [King Street] from 1935. Thereafter, I discuss the whole tradition of Swedish working-class literature—in which Lo- Johansson’s novel occupies a central position. This tradition constitutes a challenge to received ideas about class and taste, mainly because its consecration as a central strand in Swedish literature and its dissemination to a mass audience in the working class make it problematic to uphold conventional distinctions between popular/working-class and high/bourgeois culture. Finally, I argue that the challenging of these distinctions is not only a key to a better understanding of Lo-Johansson’s novel, but it also shows that Swedish working-class literature can serve as a catalyst for re-theorizations within working-class studies of the relationship between class and taste as something that is historically specific, rather than universal.
Link https://workingclassstudiesjournal.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/jwcs-vol-4-issue-1-june-2019-nilsson.pdf .Icon
Publisher The Worlong-Class Studies Association
Host/Issue Journal of Working-Class Studies;1
Volume 4
ISSN 2475-4765
Language eng (iso)
Subject Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/29596 Permalink to this page
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