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Precarity and Class Consciousness in Contemporary Swedish Working-Class Literature
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), School of Arts and Communication (K3). Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Collaborative Future Making (CFM). (Nordiskt nätverk för arbetarlitteraturforskning)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5848-2231
2023 (English)In: Humanities, E-ISSN 2076-0787, Vol. 12, no 2, article id 28Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyses aesthetical-political strategies for the promotion of class consciousness among workers in a few examples of contemporary Swedish working-class literature from different genres that describe and criticize precarious working conditions. Special attention is given to how these texts engage in dialogue with the notion of the precariat and to the authors' use of decidedly literary forms. One important result is that Swedish working-class writers highlight the heterogeneity among those working under precarious conditions while also arguing that they share certain economic conditions, both amongst each other and with members of other groups (especially the traditional working class). Furthermore, it is argued that the use of literary forms (as opposed to, e.g., reportage or documentary) reflects the absence in the precariat of class consciousness, and the authors' belief that literature can contribute to the creation of such a consciousness.

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MDPI, 2023. Vol. 12, no 2, article id 28
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working-class literature, Swedish literature, precariat, work, class consciousness
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-59491DOI: 10.3390/h12020028ISI: 000979400300001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85153736735OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-59491DiVA, id: diva2:1757017
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Swedish Research Council, 2022-01839_VRAvailable from: 2023-05-15 Created: 2023-05-15 Last updated: 2023-10-23Bibliographically approved

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