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

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

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dc.contributor.author Nilsson, Magnus
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-12T10:47:32Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-12T10:47:32Z
dc.date.issued 2019 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2475-4765 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/29596
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher The Worlong-Class Studies Association en_US
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en_US
dc.title Class, Taste, and Literature : The Case of Ivar Lo-Johansson and Swedish Working- Class Literature en_US
dc.type Article, peer reviewed scientific en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Culture and Society
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. School of Arts and Communication (K3)
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpublication Journal of Working-Class Studies;1
dc.relation.ispartofpublicationvolume 4 en_US
dc.description.authorversion No en_US
dcterms.identifier.OAurl https://workingclassstudiesjournal.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/jwcs-vol-4-issue-1-june-2019-nilsson.pdf en_US
dc.format.ePage 36 en_US
dc.format.sPage 24 en_US
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