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American Stars 'n' bards, and Swedish Reviewers: The Swedish Field of Literary Criticism and the Local Symbolic Reproduction of Global U.S. Authors
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2008 (English)In: American Studies in Scandinavia, ISSN 0044-8060, Vol. 40, no 02-jan, 140-164 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article looks at the way U.S. authors were received by Swedish practical criticism in the period 1980-2005. After a quantitative overview of the U.S. authors and genres that were given attention in Swedish review media in this period, the article discusses discrepancies between the original U.S. and the Swedish recognition. One particularly interesting case is the very favorable reception of Paul Auster's work, which functioned as a confirmation of the postmodern breakthrough in the Swedish literary field. What the introduction of Auster shows is how Swedish critics function as intermediaries who represent what Pascale Casanova has identified as the ""national"" and the ""international"" poles of the literary field. Since Swedish criticism is in the peculiar position of representing a peripheral literary field that nevertheless controls a central consecrating instance, the Nobel Prize, it call be argued that the strategies of the most autonomous critics are always to some extent oriented in relation to the struggles between the world literary centers. The Swedish critic Aris Fioretos' introduction and intraduction of Paul Auster is, in that regard, a pertinent illustration of the cosmopolitan trajectory required for the fulfillment of the role of introduktor (""introducer""), a particularly significant function in afield that contains the Prize-awarding Academy.

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2008. Vol. 40, no 02-jan, 140-164 p.
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Field of criticism, Pascale Casanova, theories of, Paul Auster, U.S. author, postmodernism, in the U.S. and Sweden, practical criticism, reception study, transnational literature, world literary space
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-57683ISI: 000263371600010OAI: diva2:417190
authorCount :1Available from: 2011-05-16 Created: 2011-05-16 Last updated: 2011-05-16Bibliographically approved

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