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En kriminalroman enligt författarskapets spelregler: Kerstin Ekmans Mordets praktik

Broomans, P. 2014 Literatūra un likums: skandināvijas tautu kultūra un literatūra starptautiskā un starpdisciplinārā skatījumā : raksti no Starptatiskās Skandināvistikas studiju asociācijas (IASS) 29. zinātniskās konferences Rīgā un Daugavpilī 2012. Orehovs, I. & Wargelius, C. (eds.). Riga: Acta Universitatis Latviensis, p. 200-207 8 p. (Latvijas universitātes raksti, Literatūrzinātne, folkloristika, māksla; vol. 799)

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This contribution deals with Kerstin Ekman’s Mordets praktik (The Practice of Murder, 2009), an adaptation of Hjalmar Söderberg’s novel Doktor Glas (1905). Ekman’s novel is about a fictional character, Dr Revinge, who moves in the circle of the writer Söderberg. Mordets praktik is a multifaceted novel with various genre features. It can be regarded as a logical continuation of a certain aspect typical of Ekman’s work: a subversive play with genre conventions. I will first discuss the genre of Mordets praktik and then view matters from another perspective and show that the novel can indeed be considered as building upon and a continuation of her previous work. Mordets praktik has much in common with her earlier work: intertextuality (with references to texts of others as well to her own work), metafiction and suspense. Mordets praktik can be regarded as a crime novel in the guise of a diary. I refer to inter alia the crime novels Ekman wrote around 1960, ‘The Women and the Town’ tetralogy (1974-1983) and Black Water (1993), the novel that was regarded as her return to crime fiction. Ekman seems to surprise her readers all the time, but Mordets praktik is a typical Ekman novel in which she stretches genre borders and challenges the reader’s expectations.
Original languageSwedish
Title of host publicationLiteratūra un likums
Subtitle of host publicationskandināvijas tautu kultūra un literatūra starptautiskā un starpdisciplinārā skatījumā : raksti no Starptatiskās Skandināvistikas studiju asociācijas (IASS) 29. zinātniskās konferences Rīgā un Daugavpilī 2012
EditorsIvars Orehovs, Cecilia Wargelius
Place of PublicationRiga
PublisherActa Universitatis Latviensis
Pages200-207
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-9984-45-860-1
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameLatvijas universitātes raksti, Literatūrzinātne, folkloristika, māksla
PublisherLatvijas Universitāte
Volume799
ISSN (Print)1407-2157

    Keywords

  • Kerstin Ekman, Hjalmar Söderberg, intertextualitet, genrerevolt, förväntningshorisont

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