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Swedish crime fictionNovel, film, television$
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Steven Peacock

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086953

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086953.001.0001

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(p.132) 4 Bodies
Swedish crime fiction

Steven Peacock

Manchester University Press

Chapter Four explores the texts’ presentations of sex and violence. As with the works’ handling of space and place, there is a key relationship between meditations on the human body – violated by murderers, protected or abused – and national identity. Equally, the move into psychological drama and the various ways in which the killer’s motives (for example) are revealed to the reader/viewer opens up further means by which Sweden’s fractured state is placed under scrutiny. In particular, the chapter extends thoughts on the texts’ handling of sex and sexuality. Sweden is often thought of, from urban myth to sociological fact, as a place of tolerance and the open celebration of sexuality. Addressing related matters of censorship, Chapter Four looks at how Swedish fictions have engaged with the roles and relationships between the sexes in the contemporary world, and with forms of sexual liberation in a (seemingly) permissive society.

Keywords:   Body, Murder, Gender, Sexuality, Censorship

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