Nation, genre, institution
in Swedish crime fiction
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The first chapter places the works in the historical contexts of Sweden’s past, the established generic formulae of the crime fiction, and of the country's entertainment industry. It considers Sweden’s uneasy situation as a small nation in the global age, disillusioned by the failure of a civic utopia, its isolationist reflexes tested by the ever-increasing encroachment of external influences. The chapter addresses the family history of Swedish crime works, and examines how the nation’s output taps into the established sub-genres, tropes and markers of the police procedural, detective drama, and amateur cop fiction. In turn, it considers the specific, industrial history of Sweden’s local and global cinematic enterprise, and its small-screen counterpart.

Swedish crime fiction

Novel, film, television

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