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Swedish Cops
From Sjöwall & Wahlöö to Stieg Larsson
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ISBN 9781783201884
Paperback 335 pages
230 x 170 mm
Published June 2014
Imprint: Intellect
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Books by Michael Tapper
Books in Film Studies
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Michael Tapper considers Swedish culture and ideas from the period 1965 to 2012 as expressed in detective fiction and film in the tradition of Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. Believing the Swedish police narrative tradition to be part and parcel of the European history of ideas and culture, Tapper argues that, from being feared and despised, the police emerged as heroes and part of the modern social project of the welfare state after World War II.
Establishing themselves artistically and commercially in the forefront of the genre, Sjöwall and Wahlöö constructed a model for using the police novel as an instrument for ideological criticism of the social democratic government and its welfare state project. With varying political affiliations, their model has been adapted by authors such as Leif G. W. Persson, Jan Guillou, Henning Mankell, Håkan Nesser, Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström, and Stieg Larsson, and in film series such as Beck and Wallander. The first book of its kind about Swedish crime fiction, Swedish Cops is just as thrilling as the novels and films it analyses.
Chapter titles
Chapter 1: The Crime Genre
Chapter 2: Enter the Police
Chapter 3: Crime Scene: Sweden
Chapter 4: The 1960s and 1970s: Sjöwall and Wahlöö
Chapter 5: The 1980s: Leif G.W. Persson and Jan Guillou
Chapter 6: The 1990s: Henning Mankell and Håkan Nesser
Chapter 7: Millenium Cops
Chapter 8: Into the Twilight
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