Academic journal article Scandinavian Studies

Kerstin Bergman and Sara Karrholm. Kriminallitteratur. Utveckling. Genre. Perspektiv

Academic journal article Scandinavian Studies

Kerstin Bergman and Sara Karrholm. Kriminallitteratur. Utveckling. Genre. Perspektiv

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* Kerstin Bergman and Sara Karrholm. Kriminallitteratur. Utpeckling. Genre. Perspektiv. Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2011.

International interest in Scandinavian crime fiction continues to be strong, with a large contingent of authors translated into English and other languages every year. There is also a substantial international contingent of scholars oriented toward its interpretation. In contrast, research on the genre by scholars based in Scandinavian and Sweden has been relatively limited. Kerstin Bergman and Sara Karrholm seek to remedy this oversight. Their co-written book Kriminallitteratur is indeed the first comprehensive and substantial book in Swedish on the topic in some time. Conceived as a textbook for use in Swedish introductory literature courses and as an aid to a general reader, the volume still has quite a bit to offer also those who may be familiar both with Nordic Noir and the field of crime fiction studies generally.

Organized in twelve thematically oriented chapters, half of which are attributed to either co-author, and a brief co-written introduction, the book covers a number of aspects. These include general historical overviews of international and Swedish crime fiction as well as chapters devoted to specific subgenres. These include discussions of the hard-boiled, police procedural, locked-room/puzzle, thriller, and youth and children-oriented subgenres. Chapters generally contain references to and discussions of both international (primarily Anglo-American and European) and Swedish versions. All chapters include an extensive bibliography and a list with suggestions for further fiction reading. …

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