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Värv och verk: Förnyelse och tradition i Nordisk kvinnolitteraturhistoria från tillkomst till tryckt bok
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies.
2013 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Project and Product : Renewal and Tradition in Nordisk Kvinnolitteraturhistoria from Outset to Published Volumes (English)
Abstract [en]

Nordisk kvinnolitteraturhistoria [The History of Nordic Women’s Literature; henceforth NKLH] is a history of literature published in five volumes 1993–1998. It was written with the overtly stated intention to change literary history on feminist grounds. The primary aim of this doctoral thesis is to map out and analyze the ways in which NKLH shows renewal and tradition compared to the histories of literature that it was a critique of. What conventions and criteria in the genre of literary history has the group of researchers strived to challenge, and what have they overlooked or neglected? How was the ambition of renewal in NKLH received on publication? What underlying factors in the project’s design and execution can account for the final product? The thesis explores these questions in three main chapters: one that analyses the processes of writing NKLH by means of an archival study, one that analyses the reception of the volumes in newspapers and journals, and one that analyses aspects of renewal and tradition in the four chronological volumes.

The most significant ways in which NKLH shows renewal compared to previous histories of literature are in its reinterpretations of canonized authors and in its broad inclusion of different types of texts in the first two volumes. The Nordic approach is another area of renewal. The inter-Nordic perspectives in the volumes tend, however, toward a Danish-Swedish dominance. In some aspects NKLH also shows tradition, most notably in its strong developmental narrative and in its selection of literary genres in the latter two volumes. That NKLH shows both renewal and tradition is a result partly of what the researchers involved wanted to convey, partly of long-lived traditions and expectations within the genre of literary history, and partly of material factors such as organization, funding, geographical outspread and the parallel production of national histories of women’s literature in two of the Nordic countries.

Abstract [sv]


Litteraturhistorien var länge en historia som handlade övervägande om manliga författare.

Det litteraturhistoriska översiktsverket Nordisk kvinnolitteraturhistoria, som publicerades i fem band 1993–1998, skrevs med en uttalad ambition att förändra sådana skevheter. Bakom verket låg en stor projektgrupp om drygt 160 nordiska litteraturforskare, och resultatet av deras arbete är ett spännande och mångfaldigt verk.

På vilka områden står Nordisk kvinnolitteraturhistoria för ett annat sätt att skriva litteraturhistoria, jämfört med de översiktsverk som det utgjorde en kritik emot? På vilka områden gör det inte det? Hur togs detta uttalat kanonkritiska verk emot när det publicerades? Och vilka bakomliggande faktorer i projektets tillblivelse och genomförande kan förklara resultatet av arbetet?

I avhandlingen Värv och verk undersöker Maria M. Berglund ett hittills outforskat arkivmaterial från arbetsprocessen bakom Nordisk kvinnolitteraturhistoria och ett hundratal recensioner från receptionen av verket, och ställer detta i relation till aspekter av förnyelse och tradition i de färdiga publicerade banden.


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2013. , 320 p.
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2013:21
Keyword [en]
Nordisk kvinnolitteraturhistoria, Literary historiography, Canon formation, Feminism, Archives
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Comparative Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-26906ISBN: 978-91-7063-498-7OAI: diva2:615692
Public defence
2013-05-31, Geijersalen 12A138, Karlstads universitet, Karlstad, 10:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2013-05-07 Created: 2013-04-11 Last updated: 2013-05-07Bibliographically approved

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