Swedish prose fiction 1800-1900

Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Mats Malm - University of Gothenburg, Department of Literature, History of Ideas and Religion

Description:

Fiction is an invaluable source material, being a mirror for society. It is not a straightforward reflection; sometimes literature is ahead of its time, sometimes behind the times, sometimes governed by the interests of power and often influenced by economic considerations. But these conditions too make literature express something important about society, as long as it is treated with source criticism. In particular, the novel and the short story highlight not only culture in a narrow sense, but they also show what goes on on the inside of society. This can apply to what social issues are problematized, how issues of worldview, gender, national identity or the unfamiliar is processed, what patterns of consumption are expressed, how words and concepts change their meaning or which aesthetic notions that are tested in theory and practice. The examples can be multiplied: in fiction, negotiations between old and new values are continuously ongoing.
Prose fiction can be used as a source material in a variety of humanities and social science disciplines, but it has the problem of being difficult to

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Responsible department/unit:

University of Gothenburg, Department of Literature, History of Ideas and Religion

Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Mats Malm - University of Gothenburg, Department of Literature, History of Ideas and Religion

Identifiers:

SND-ID: EXT 0049

Description:

Fiction is an invaluable source material, being a mirror for society. It is not a straightforward reflection; sometimes literature is ahead of its time, sometimes behind the times, sometimes governed by the interests of power and often influenced by economic considerations. But these conditions too make literature express something important about society, as long as it is treated with source criticism. In particular, the novel and the short story highlight not only culture in a narrow sense, but they also show what goes on on the inside of society. This can apply to what social issues are problematized, how issues of worldview, gender, national identity or the unfamiliar is processed, what patterns of consumption are expressed, how words and concepts change their meaning or which aesthetic notions that are tested in theory and practice. The examples can be multiplied: in fiction, negotiations between old and new values are continuously ongoing.
Prose fiction can be used as a source material in a variety of humanities and social science disciplines, but it has the problem of being difficult to

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Time period(s) investigated:

2009 — 2013

Geographic spread:

Geographic location: Sweden

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Published: 2012-01-01
Last updated: 2017-01-03