Från borgerlig till proletär skiss. En studie i en genrestillblivelse och förvandling
. [From Bourgeois to Proletarian Sketch. A Study of the Engendering and Transformation of a Genre.] Meddelanden utgivna av Litter-aturvetenskapliga institutionen, Göteborgs universitet nr 30. [Papers of the De- partment of Comparative Literature, Göteborg University, no 30.] Göteborg,2002. 188 pp. Monografi. [Monography.]
9186270664.This is a study of genre dealing with
in a historical and theoretical per-spective. Focus is on the Swedish tradition in its earliest domestic and interna-tional context in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. and the aim is to clarifyits generic roots, developments, ramifications and variations. The issue to be ex-amined is how and why this initially bourgeois genre happened to become one of the most important genres of the literature of the young working class movement.In this context the problem of the biased perspective of critical scholarship on thiskind of minor genres is actualised: why is the sketch debased and marginalizednot only from canonical generic hierarchies, but also from prestigious literaryscholarship?The study is thus an example of early cultural studies,
, withits roots in Marxist theory. It consists of four chapters, starting with a survey of the proletarian sketch in Swedish working class newspapers at the beginning of the twentieth century. Chapter two examines the term »sketch« in an etymological perspective and the concept of the sketch in a historical perspective, and eventual-ly the phenomenon of the sketch as treated in literary scholarship. Finally the is-sue of definition is discussed. Chapter three examines the interactive traditions of the sketch, not only in literature but also in visual art, and how they engenderedthe modern sketch in its bourgeois and finally proletarian version. Chapter four closes the study with a widening of perspective, through which dominant tradi-tions of Swedish literary historical scholarship, inherited from Fredrik Böök, arescrutinized and criticised.
: sketch, genre, working class literature, bourgeois realism, literaryhistory, Fredrik Böök, Otto Sylwan