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Mordförpackningar: Omslag, titlar och kringmaterial till svenska pocketdeckare 1998–2011
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Literature, Sociology of Literature.
2016 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study examines how Swedish crime fiction has been packaged in the book trade in the early 2000s. The main material consists of 153 Swedish crime fiction paperbacks published in Sweden 1998–2011 and written by the most successful authors of crime fiction of that period. The term peritext, coined by Gérard Genette, is used to cover all aspects of books that affect the reader apart from the literary work itself. Five empirical chapters focus on five different aspects: 1) cover design; 2) titles and subtitles; 3) citations and blurbs; 4) acknowledgements; and 5) author presentations, extra material and advertising. It is shown that the packaging of crime fiction is crucial when it comes to genre formation and author branding. Among the results are how these “murder packages” have become increasingly elaborated over time, that male and female writers of crime fiction have been presented in distinctly different ways, and how the reliability and realism of a story often is emphasized in the peritext.

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Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2016. , 283 p.
Skrifter utgivna av Avdelningen för litteratursociologi vid Litteraturvetenskapliga institutionen i Uppsala, ISSN 0349-1145 ; 70
Keyword [en]
Swedish crime fiction, book history, sociology of literature, publishing studies, book covers, book trade, pretext
Keyword [sv]
Svenska deckare, bokhistoria, litteratursociologi, förlagsstudier, bokomslag, bokmarknad, paratext
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-289285ISBN: 978-91-982819-1-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-289285DiVA: diva2:924984
Available from: 2016-04-29 Created: 2016-04-29 Last updated: 2016-04-29

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