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Scandinavian Cultural Radicalism

Literary Commitment and the Collective Novel


Francesco De Scott

Scandinavian Cultural Radicalism explores the development of socialist literary theory and its various manifestations in the literature of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden over a period of two decades. The work examines the efforts of several leftist writers who used a collective novel technique (in which a relatively anonymous group of characters represented a «main character») in an attempt to develop a working class culture. A history of the labor movement and the evolution of social democracies in Scandinavia precedes the analysis of specific collective novels, and argues that there is a strong correlation between the socioeconomic context and literary development of the 1930s.