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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Philosophische Fakultät II - Nordeuropa-Institut

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Magnus Nilsson

Literature and Class.
Aesthetical-Political Strategies in Modern Swedish Working-Class Literature

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.  

 

Inhaltsverzeichnis [pdf]

ISBN 978-3-932406-36-2
ISSN 0933–4009
172 Seiten
39,80 €
 

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