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”Jag skiter i vad som är ont eller gott. Jag försöker bara vara trogen mot det som är jag.”: En undersökning av skräckellitteraturen och en utvärdering av genreteori i klassifikatoriska syften
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
“I don’t give a shit about what’s good or evil. I’m just trying to be true to what’s me.” : A study of ”skräckel” literature and an evaluation of genre theory for classificatory purposes (English)
Abstract [en]

In this paper I aim to try to get an understanding of the literary genre ”skräckel” (which in Swedish is a portmanteau of the words for horror and disgust). Skräckel was a small genre, mostly talked about during the 80’s and 90’s in Sweden and consisted of books that we’re noted for their harsh depictions of violence and apparent unwillingness to commit a moral view on the violence. I approach the genre through genre theory in order to have a tool through which I can understand all of the textual and contextual factors that go into formulating a genre term. The purpose of this is twofold. Firstly, I want to gain a scientifically grounded view of what exactly skräckel is as a genre phenomenon. Secondly, I want to use the results of and my experiences with the study to evaluate genre theory. Specifically, I want to evaluate genre theory as a tool for classifying books in a library context. My findings are as follows: It turns out that skräckel literature has a quite high standing in elite circles of literature in Sweden. The genres social context is one tied to the way in which it treats the morality violence. Also it is shown to be a postmodern genre related to gothic literature. As for the use of genre theory in classification I argue that it is of little use. The arguments I use are based on the fact that the epistemological goals of genre theory don’t fall in line with the goals of classification and that genre as conceptualized through genre theory is a much too porous and complex phenomenon to be used in classification.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 65
Series
Uppsatser inom biblioteks- & informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-4267 ; 758
Keywords [en]
Skräckel literature, genre theory, classification
Keywords [sv]
Skräckellitteratur, genreteori, klassifikation
National Category
Information Studies
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-386410OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-386410DiVA, id: diva2:1327494
Subject / course
Library and Information Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
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Available from: 2019-06-19 Created: 2019-06-19 Last updated: 2019-06-19Bibliographically approved

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