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Early Crime Fiction in Scandinavian Literature

Författare och institution:
Yvonne Leffler (Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion)
Publicerad i:
La questione Romantica. Nuova serie, 2 ( 2 ) s. 71-81
Artikel, forskningsöversikt
Sammanfattning (abstract):
Detective fiction is a genre of dubious origin. In Scandinavian literature, the murky past of the genre leads back to three stories dating from late romanticism. The Scandinavian audience got its first detective in 1829, "The Rector of Vejlbye" by Steen Steensen Blicher. A decade later two other stories were published: "Skallnora kvarn" (1838)by Carl Jonas Love Almqvist and "The Murder of Engine Maker Roolfsen" (1839) by Mauritz Christopher Hansen. In this article I will elaborate my claim that these three stories constitute the emergence of Scandinavian crime ficiton; I will examine them as early examples of detective stories and show how they apply what later has been acknowledged as the 'detection formula'- I will start by analyzing the construction ofthe crime and the depiction of the detective as well as his counterpart, the criminal, in each of the three stories. I will then proceed to discuss in what way the stories relate to their time and cultural context as crime and mystery stories and in what way they set up what were to become the standard elements of detective fiction.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Språk och litteratur
Språk och litteratur ->
Scandinavian literature, romanticism, crime fiction,
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2012-10-23 17:09

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