Bestsellers: A Research Field for Literary, Cultural and Gender-related Studies with a National and International Perspektive

Lars Handesten

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Abstract

The article explores some aspects of the fiction bestseller phenomenon in Denmark, and thus deals with a literature that is largely neglected by literary research. Initially, it defines some essential features and functions of the bestseller. The bestseller is not merely a mirror of its time but offers a vision of a new order of life as well. The sensational story of Yahya Hassan's poetry collection Yahya Hassan (201 3) shows how a modern bestseller can emerge and operate and how even poetry is able to set a political agenda. Two other examples of the bestseller's ideological importance are the contribution of women's literature to the formation of a female self-awareness over the last 30-40 years, and how bestsellers have served as a forum for moral education and political debate. Finally, the article examines the relationship between the local and the exotic in bestselling literature and combines a national and an international perspective.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftScandinavica: An International Journal of Scandinavian Studies
Vol/bind54
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)115-148
Antal sider34
ISSN0036-5653
StatusUdgivet - 2015

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