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Author: Kerstin Bergman
Publication title: Crime Fiction as Popular Science: The Case of Åsa Nilsonne
Conference: NORLIT 2009: Codex and Code, Aesthetics, Language and Politics in an Age of Digital Media, Stockholm, August 6-9, 2009
Publication type: Article
Issue: 42
Article No.: 17
Language: English
Abstract: The aim of this article is to discuss the role and function of crime fiction as a contemporary medium of popular science. In the last few decades, crime fiction has become an increasingly dominant genre in the cultural sphere – in literature, film, and television. Indeed, in many senses it could be said to be the most dominant fiction genre. A great deal of contemporary crime fiction displays a strong scientific presence, and it is reasonable to assume that many readers and viewers gain a substantial part of their scientific knowledge from reading crime fiction. In this article, Swedish crime writer Åsa Nilsonne (b. 1949) and her series of police novels (1991-2006), as well as the promotion and reception of these novels, are examined in order to assess how the crime genre depicts and mediates scientific theories and knowledge. The conclusion is that even though Swedes show a strong interest in science-heavy crime fiction, the crime fiction novels produced in Sweden involve only a very limited use of science. Nevertheless, crime fiction does function as popular science in many ways, the most important being that it contributes to spreading knowledge about scientific reasoning and methods. This article is part of my research project “Science in the Crime Genre”.
Publisher: Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet
Year: 2009
Available: 2010-04-27
No. of pages: 15
Pages: 193-207
Series: Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print): 1650-3740
ISSN (online): 1650-3686
File: http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/042/017/ecp0942017.pdf

Bergman, Kerstin (2009). Crime Fiction as Popular Science: The Case of Åsa Nilsonne. http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/042/017/ (2022-09-25)

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