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Dahllöf, M. & Berglund, K. (2019). Faces, Fights, and Families: Topic Modeling and Gendered Themes in Two Corpora of Swedish Prose Fiction. In: Constanza Navaretta et al. (Ed.), DHN 2019 Copenhagen, Proceedings of 4th Conference of The Association Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries Copenhagen, March 6-8 2019: . Paper presented at DHN 2019, 4th Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries 2019, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, March 6–8, 2019 (pp. 92-111).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Faces, Fights, and Families: Topic Modeling and Gendered Themes in Two Corpora of Swedish Prose Fiction
2019 (English)In: DHN 2019 Copenhagen, Proceedings of 4th Conference of The Association Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries Copenhagen, March 6-8 2019 / [ed] Constanza Navaretta et al., 2019, p. 92-111Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper explores topic modeling (TM) as a tool for “dis- tant reading” of two Swedish literary corpora. We investigate what kinds of insight and knowledge a TM-based approach can provide to Swedish literary history, and which methodological difficulties are associated with this endeavour. The TM is based on 12- and 24-term chunks of selected verb and common noun lemmas. We generate models with 20, 40, and 100 topics. We also propose a method for a quantitative and qualita- tive gendered thematic analysis by combining TM with a study of how the topics relate to gender in characters and authors. The two corpora contain, respectively, Swedish classics (1821–1941) and recent bestsellers (2004–2017). We find that most of the topics proposed by the TM are easy to interpret as conceptual themes, and that the “same” themes ap- pear for the two corpora and for different TM settings. The study allows us to make interesting observations concerning different aspects of gender and topic distribution.

Keywords
Topic Modeling · Distant Reading; Gender Analysis; Literary Methodology; Swedish Prose Fiction; Bestsellers
National Category
General Literature Studies Language Technology (Computational Linguistics)
Research subject
Literature; Computational Linguistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-382230 (URN)
Conference
DHN 2019, 4th Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries 2019, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, March 6–8, 2019
Available from: 2019-04-23 Created: 2019-04-23 Last updated: 2019-09-12Bibliographically approved
Berglund, K., Dahllöf, M. & Määttä, J. (2019). Supplementary material for “Apples and Oranges? Large-Scale Thematic Comparisons of Contemporary Swedish Popular and Literary Fiction” (Samlaren, 2019).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Supplementary material for “Apples and Oranges? Large-Scale Thematic Comparisons of Contemporary Swedish Popular and Literary Fiction” (Samlaren, 2019)
2019 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The report provides raw listings of the results of topic modeling experiments, intended for readers interested in taking a closer look at these. Explanations and discussion are found in the main article: “Apples and Oranges? Large-Scale Thematic Comparisons of Contemporary Swedish Popular and Literary Fiction” published in the journal Samlaren, 2019.

Publisher
p. 674
National Category
Specific Literatures
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-397762 (URN)
Available from: 2019-11-25 Created: 2019-11-25 Last updated: 2019-11-26Bibliographically approved
Söderfeldt, Y., Berglund, K. & Lindström, M. (2019). Towards mining the history of the active patient.: A mixed-methods discourse analysis of the journal Allergia, 1957–1990. Uppsala: Uppsala universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Towards mining the history of the active patient.: A mixed-methods discourse analysis of the journal Allergia, 1957–1990
2019 (English)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2019. p. 30
Series
Uppsala Papers in History of Ideas, ISSN 1654-2592 ; 19
Keywords
Digital history, medical history, patient organizations, allergy, asthma, text mining
National Category
History
Research subject
History of Sciences and Ideas
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-394915 (URN)
Available from: 2019-10-10 Created: 2019-10-10 Last updated: 2019-10-11Bibliographically approved
Berglund, K. (2018). Digital humaniora – humaniora i en digital tid. Red. Per-Olof Erixon & Julia Pennlert. Daidalos. Göteborg 2017. (ed.) [Review]. Samlaren: tidskrift för svensk litteraturvetenskaplig forskning, 139, 296-300
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Digital humaniora – humaniora i en digital tid. Red. Per-Olof Erixon & Julia Pennlert. Daidalos. Göteborg 2017.
2018 (Swedish)In: Samlaren: tidskrift för svensk litteraturvetenskaplig forskning, ISSN 0348-6133, E-ISSN 2002-3871, Vol. 139, p. 296-300Article, book review (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Svenska Litteratursällskapet, 2018
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-378766 (URN)
Available from: 2019-03-08 Created: 2019-03-12 Last updated: 2019-03-13Bibliographically approved
Berglund, K. (2018). Så uppstod den svenska deckarvågen. Tidskriften Folkuniversitetet (1), 6-7
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Så uppstod den svenska deckarvågen
2018 (Swedish)In: Tidskriften Folkuniversitetet, no 1, p. 6-7Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-345783 (URN)
Available from: 2018-03-12 Created: 2018-03-12 Last updated: 2018-04-04Bibliographically approved
Berglund, K. (2017). Bokanalyser bortom verk och författarauktorisering: Exemplet recensionsutdrag på samtida svenska pocketdeckare. In: Paula Henrikson, Mats Malm & Petra Söderlund (Ed.), Textkritik som analysmetod: Bidrag till en konferens anordnad av Nordiskt Nätverk för Editionsfilologer 2–4 oktober 2015 (pp. 168-188). Stockholm: Svenska vitterhetssamfundet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Bokanalyser bortom verk och författarauktorisering: Exemplet recensionsutdrag på samtida svenska pocketdeckare
2017 (Swedish)In: Textkritik som analysmetod: Bidrag till en konferens anordnad av Nordiskt Nätverk för Editionsfilologer 2–4 oktober 2015 / [ed] Paula Henrikson, Mats Malm & Petra Söderlund, Stockholm: Svenska vitterhetssamfundet, 2017, p. 168-188Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Svenska vitterhetssamfundet, 2017
Series
Nordiskt Nätverk för Editionsfilologer. Skrifter, ISSN 1601-1562 ; 12
Keywords
Bibliographic code, paratext, book history, book covers, blurbs, Swedish crime fiction, publishing studies
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-335315 (URN)978-91-7230-187-0 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-12-04 Created: 2017-12-04 Last updated: 2018-09-13Bibliographically approved
Berglund, K. (2017). Czy detektywi zabijają rynek literacki?: Boom szwedzkiej powieści kryminalnej w ujęciu statystycznym. In: Hieronim Chojnacki; Karolina Drozdowska (Ed.), Ambicje literatury popularnej: (pp. 11-28). Gdansk: Instytut Skandynawistyki, Universytetu Gdańskiego
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Czy detektywi zabijają rynek literacki?: Boom szwedzkiej powieści kryminalnej w ujęciu statystycznym
2017 (Polish)In: Ambicje literatury popularnej / [ed] Hieronim Chojnacki; Karolina Drozdowska, Gdansk: Instytut Skandynawistyki, Universytetu Gdańskiego , 2017, p. 11-28Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]
  • Crime novels from Scandinavia are commercial successes all over the world. In Sweden, the dominance of the crime genre on the book market is even more significant. According to Swedish book trade magazine Svensk Bokhandel, twelve of the top twenty books in the bestseller charts of fiction in 2010, were domestic crime novels. This has started intensive debates, where crime novels are blamed for out-competing other genres. Domestic crime fiction has had a commanding position of the commercial side of Swedish publishing business in the 2000s, but this has not always been the case. When did this literary genre-takeover take place? How did it take place? How can it be explained? Even though some research concerning Scandinavian crime fiction has been carried out over the last couple of years, no one has mapped the book market phenomenon as such. This article aims to fill this gap by offering a neutral and extensive description on the role and position of crime fiction in Swedish publishing between 1977 and 2010.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Gdansk: Instytut Skandynawistyki, Universytetu Gdańskiego, 2017
Series
Studia północnoeuropejskie ; 11
Keywords
Swedish crime fiction, statistics, book trade, publishing, sociology of literature, book history, bibliometrics
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-364422 (URN)978-83-7865-607-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-10-26 Created: 2018-10-26 Last updated: 2019-04-11Bibliographically approved
Berglund, K. (2017). Död och dagishämtningar: en kvantitativ analys av det tidiga 2000-talets svenska kriminallitteratur (1ed.). Uppsala: Avd. för litteratursociologi, Uppsala universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Död och dagishämtningar: en kvantitativ analys av det tidiga 2000-talets svenska kriminallitteratur
2017 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study investigates contemporary Swedish crime fiction through a quantitative content analysis of 116 Swedish crime fiction novels published 1998–2015 and written by the most successful authors in the genre. The study discusses killers, murder motives, victims, murder methods, and detectives and other protagonists, with the aim of identifying social patterns and recurring themes.

In general, these novels are dominated by female protagonists and put much emphasis on portrayals of the main characters in their struggle to combine work and family life. This simultaneous shift to a female perspective and a focus on everyday life stands out in comparisons to earlier Swedish crime fiction. The novels are furthermore permeated by a partial realism, where depictions of everyday life, settings and contemporary details are realistic and concrete, while depictions of killers, murder motives, murder methods and victims most often are imaginative, spectacular and sensational, and thus in most cases show few similarities with actual crimes in contemporary Sweden. Also, the selection is characterised by a dominance of normality, where main characters and innocent victims affirm “normality” (they are most often middle class, white, heterosexual Swedes without immigrant background), whereas killers and unsympathetic victims are depicted as deviants in stark contrast to normality.

The content often seems to be chosen by how well it works in relation to plot lines and genre requirements. Therefore, it is argued that both contextualising and functionalistic perspectives need to be taken into account when analysing depictions of society in contemporary crime fiction. With such a dual-vision approach, the ostensible realistic social criticism in the genre to a high extent appears to be a story about the genre.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Avd. för litteratursociologi, Uppsala universitet, 2017. p. 199 Edition: 1
Series
Skrifter utgivna av Avdelningen för litteratursociologi vid Litteraturvetenskapliga institutionen i Uppsala, ISSN 0349-1145 ; 73
Keywords
Swedish crime fiction, quantitative content analysis, sociology of literature, popular fiction, genre functions, social criticism in literature.
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-331569 (URN)978-91-982819-3-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-10-15 Created: 2017-10-15 Last updated: 2017-11-23Bibliographically approved
Berglund, K. (2017). Killer Plotting: Typologisk intriganalys utifrån fjärrläsningar av samtida svenska kriminalromaner. Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap (3-4), 41-68
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Killer Plotting: Typologisk intriganalys utifrån fjärrläsningar av samtida svenska kriminalromaner
2017 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap, ISSN 1104-0556, E-ISSN 2001-094X, no 3-4, p. 41-68Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article updates and extends Tzvetan Todorov’s classical typology of crime fiction from 1971 – where he separates plots driven by curiosity from plots driven by suspense – through a distant reading of 113 commercially successful novels of Swedish crime fiction from the early 2000s. Furthermore, it aims to initiate a methodical discussion in literary studies concerning the benefits of using semi-big materials (instead of either very big or very small ones), and in combining computer-aided and traditional methods. 

The method used – killer plotting – is a word frequency count of all the times the murderer in each novel is mentioned in the plot related to the point in the plotline where the killer is revealed to the reader (and the protagonists). These rather simple measures manage to capture the basic structures of crime novels: clues, encounters with the hidden murderer, revealing, dramatic finale. 

The results show that a vast majority of the novels in the selection can be classified into one of six different plot types of crime fiction depending on how the killer appears: 1) the all-novel present murderer; 2) the seemingly insignificant murderer; 3) the suspected murderer; 4) the out-of-the-blue murderer; 5) the second murderer twist; and 6) the non-hidden murderer. All six types lie in the range between the two poles presented by Todorov, which demonstrates that contemporary Swedish crime fiction is dominated by recurring narrative structures that in various ways combine suspense and curiosity.

Keywords
Swedish crime fiction, distant reading, text mining, narrative structures, digital humanities
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-345785 (URN)
Available from: 2018-03-12 Created: 2018-03-12 Last updated: 2018-09-11Bibliographically approved
Berglund, K. (2017). Mordens marknad: Litteratursociologiska studier i det tidiga 2000-talets svenska kriminallitteratur. (Doctoral dissertation). Uppsala: Litteraturvetenskapliga institutionen
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mordens marknad: Litteratursociologiska studier i det tidiga 2000-talets svenska kriminallitteratur
2017 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[en]
A Market of Murders : Sociological Literary Studies in Swedish Crime Fiction in the Early 21st Century
Abstract [en]

This dissertation deals with Swedish crime fiction and its successes on the Swedish book market in the early 2000s. The genre’s expansion, marketing and literary content is mapped and analysed in three studies that together paint a thorough picture of this literary phenomena in Swedish book trade.

In study no 1 the development of the genre in Sweden in the last 40 years is discussed from a quantitative perspective. With the base in bibliographies of Swedish crime fiction publication trends are analysed in several ways and concerning topics such as genre growth, gender balance, publishing houses, successful authorships, bestsellers and library lending. The results include: a significant genre expansion in the 2000s; a great dominance for the genre on the bestseller charts in the 2000s; and a shift in the author group, from male dominance to even gender balance.

In study no 2 the marketing of the genre is examined through an analysis of book covers, titles and other elements in the concrete packaging of just over 150 Swedish crime fiction paperbacks. With book history as an important theoretical influence book covers and other peritextual elements are understood as a significant part of the marketing of the genre, but also – and wider – as of crucial importance for how genres themselves are established, withheld and re-negotiated in the interplay between different actors in the society of literature – publishers, authors, booksellers, readers.

In study no 3 a quantitative content analysis of 116 Swedish crime novels published 1998–2015 is used to chart and discuss recurring themes and tropes within the genre. Focus is primarily directed towards what is understood as the most central parts of crime fiction: murderers and their motives; methods used in committing murder; victims of murder; and detectives and other protagonists. The results include: a distinct dominance of female protagonists; a partial realism, where depictions of everyday life in general is realistic while the murder plots are spectacular and sensational; and a dominance of normality, where main characters and innocent victims confirms normality, while killers and unsympathetic victims are depicted as deviants in stark contrast with normality.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Litteraturvetenskapliga institutionen, 2017. p. 53
Keywords
Swedish crime fiction, sociology of literature, publishing studies, book trade, book history, popular fiction, 2000s, 21st century.
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-331570 (URN)978-91-506-2661-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-12-08, Geijersalen (6-1023), Engelska Parken, Thunbergsvägen 3P, Uppsala, 13:15 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2017-11-17 Created: 2017-10-15 Last updated: 2017-11-17
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