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Fint och fult i film: En studie av finkulturell och populärkulturell diskurs i svenska filmrecensioner
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Media and Journalism.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
High and popular in film : A study of the use of high culture and popular culture discourse in Swedish movie reviews (English)
Abstract [en]

The discussion about high culture and popular culture in our society has been going on for decades. In few places is it as loud as within culture journalism and the critics’ society, where the question of what is good taste and what is dumb entertainment constantly gets brought to the surface. Film is a particularly vulnerable area, since it is such a universally appealing and rather young medium. In America and England several studies have been performed of the reviewing society and reveiwers’ use of high and low art-discourse in their writing. The Swedish market is sorely lacking in this area.


This study is an attempt to shed some light on the way Swedish culture journalism works, with the focus being Swedish film reviews. The goal is to explore the use of high culture and popular culture discourse within Swedish reviews by examining the movie reviews published in the two large Swedish newspapers Dagens Nyheter and Aftonbladet in 2013. The reviews were studied using a number of variables, some of which represented the high culture discourse, and some of which represented the popular culture discourse. The study showed that the reviewers of these newspapers tended to use both high art discourse and popular culture discourse within their reviews to almost the same extent. The news papers were also very similar in the way they used the variables for high culture and popular culture discourse.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 67 p.
Keyword [en]
Journalism, culture journalism, high culture, popular culture, film, film reviews.
National Category
Media Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-39364OAI: diva2:782937
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Journalism and Media Production Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2015-01-23 Created: 2015-01-23 Last updated: 2015-01-23Bibliographically approved

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