Paul Tenngart and Louise Nilsson write on cosmopolitan and vernacular dynamics in Journal of World Literature.

Researchers from our programme Paul Tenngart and Louise Nilsson have contributed to the latest issue of the Journal of World Literature. You can view their articles via the links below:

Local Labour, Cosmopolitan Toil
By Paul Tenngart (Stockholm University)

Abstract: 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.


Mediating the North in Crime Fiction: Merging the Vernacular Place with a Cosmopolitan Imaginary
By Louise Nilsson (Stockholm University)

Abstract: The multifaceted idea of the north is deeply embedded in literary and visual culture. This culturally forged and globally disseminated idea embraces the narratives of fear, as well elements of the supernatural and fantastic, political dimensions or specific topographies. By departing from the Nordic Noir subgenre, a globally dispersed literary genre, this article investigates how the depiction of local and global place creates an imaginary, which is in turn bound up with a broader notion of the north as an ostensible “elsewhere.” The article argues that the Nordic Noir’s foreign allure and overwhelming success rests upon a culturally forged idea of the north, found worldwide in various cultural expressions such as myths, folklore, fairy tales, literature, and contemporary cinema and trails centuries back in cultural history worldwide.

written by Alice Duhan
5 January, 2017