Local Labour, Cosmopolitan Toil: Geo-Cultural Dynamics in Swedish Working-Class Fiction

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In the renowned and epoch-making working-class novels from the Swedish 1930s, claims for social and economic justice reflect a local struggle with distinctly national and cosmopolitan significance. Generally, these novels can be described as having local characters and settings, national narrative perspectives, and cosmopolitan plots, but a closer look reveals a much more varied picture. There is, in fact, no general tendency of geo-cultural dynamics in this historically distinct literary current. When the novels are translated into English, however, a more distinct pattern occurs: regional embeddedness is considerably weakened in the translation process, leaving room for much stronger national ties and a more extensive cosmopolitan significance.

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  • Specific Literatures

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  • working-class fiction, Swedish literature, translation, geography, regionalism
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)484-502
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of World Literature
Volume1
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes