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Harvard to host Stieg Larsson lectures

Rebecca Martin · 11 Oct 2011, 07:09

Published: 19 Jul 2011 17:09 GMT+02:00
Updated: 11 Oct 2011 07:09 GMT+02:00

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“There is a strong interest in Scandinavian literature abroad and crime fiction is what is hottest at the moment both when it comes to books and to films,” said literature researcher and scholarship winner Sara Kärrholm from Lund, in southern Sweden, to The Local.

A post doctoral scholarship in the memory of Swedish diplomat Nils-Gustav Hildeman, awarded annually by the Swedish Fulbright Commission, was this year given to a HSwedish scholar in the field of crime fiction.

Since finishing her PhD in 2000, Sara Kärrholm has specialised in male and female aspects of crime fiction.

She recently published the book Kriminallitteratur: utveckling, genrer, perspektiv (Crime fiction: development, genres, perspective) together with colleague Kerstin Bergman.

According to Kärrholm, Swedish crime fiction as a genre became big in Sweden in the 1950’s with authors like Stieg Trenter and Maria Lang at the forefront.

But the biggest international break through came with husband and wife team Sjöwall-Wahlöö who in the 1960’s and 70’s wrote the internationally acclaimed Beck series.

In more recent years authors like Henning Mankell has also received international acclaim, and putting Sweden back on the map when it comes to crime fiction.

“But it really kicked off with Stieg Larsson in the sense that Hollywood have chosen to make films out of his books, And that has also given the older Sjöwall-Wahlöö books a new run,” Kärrholm said.

Kärrholm will stay as a guest lecturer at Harvard for four months, where she will be lecturing and conducting seminars on Scandinavian crime novels and Scandinavian culture.

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Two lectures will most likely be dedicated to Stieg Larsson.

“My plan, if it is approved, is to finish off the lecture series with a session on feminism within the genre focussing especially on Lisbeth Salander, as she is a strong feminist heroine,” said Kärrholm to The Local.

Rebecca Martin (rebecca.martin@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

20:53 July 19, 2011 by byke
Becky, did you really write this tripe or just use a TT story as the headline bears no correlation to the story?
12:41 July 20, 2011 by cogito
Good for Sweden and good for Harvard for recognizing S.L.'s worth.

Nobel prize laureate (2010) Mario Vargas Llosa praised S.L.'s contribution to world literature. The New York Times has published 15 pages on S.L. and his work.

Thanks to his books, readers from China to Chile now know Sweden from Switzerland.

Can't say the same for the royal family.
15:23 July 20, 2011 by Roy E
It's not too terribly surprising. This is sufficiently worthless to make it into the contemporary university. But it's certainly not the most absurd offering that one can find these days. Such is the pathetic state of Liberal arts and Humanities education these days.
14:17 July 22, 2011 by cogito
@Roy E

You are correct about the sad state of Lib. Arts and Humanities these days.

But S.L. is far from the worst included in the curriculum. At least it is a temporary position and has been funded by some rich Swede.

Preferable to the various schools and courses funded by Saudis.
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