Rape in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy and Beyond: Contemporary Scandinavian and Anglophone…

Hardcover | November 27, 2012

EditorBerit Åström, Katarina Gregersdotter, Tanya Horeck

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With its powerful images of rape and revenge, Stieg Larsson's bestselling Millennium trilogy has made a major impact on the contemporary crime novel. This collection explores the role that rape plays in contemporary crime fiction, examining the sexually violent images at the heart of the Millennium trilogy in its many guises – from novels, to Swedish film adaptations, to Hollywood blockbuster. At the centre of discussion is Larsson's female heroine, Lisbeth Salander, one of popular culture's most unforgettable characters. The collection evaluates her status as a twenty-first century heroine, arguing that what makes Salander so interesting and culturally relevant, is her blend of vulnerability and violence.Putting Larsson's work into dialogue with a range of contemporary Scandinavian and Anglophone crime novelists, including Jo Nesbø, Håkan Nesser, Mo Hayder and Val McDermid, these essays offer cross-cultural insights into how notions of sexual violence, victims and vengeance are constructed. Opening up a range of vital new questions, the book interrogates the very terms by which we understand and encounter violent images in popular fiction and film.

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With its powerful images of rape and revenge, Stieg Larsson's bestselling Millennium trilogy has made a major impact on the contemporary crime novel. This collection explores the role that rape plays in contemporary crime fiction, examining the sexually violent images at the heart of the Millennium trilogy in its many guises – from nov...

BERIT ÅSTRÖM is a senior lecturer in English at UmeÅ University, Sweden. She currently holds an Intra-European Fellowship from Marie Curie Actions at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK, where she is researching the trans-historical trope of the dead mother. She has previously published on Old English poetry and male pregnancy fan...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 10.19 × 5.71 × 0.82 inPublished:November 27, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230308406

ISBN - 13:9780230308404

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction; T.Horeck, K.GregersdotterB.Åström
PART I: STIEG LARSSON'S MILLENNIUM TRILOGY: OPENING UP THE DEBATE
'The Girl Who Pays Our Salaries': Rape and the Bestselling Millennium Trilogy; P.Walton
The Millennium Trilogy and the American Serial Killer Narrative: Investigating Protagonists of Men Who Write Women; B.Fister
Lisbeth Salander as a Melodramatic Heroine: Emotional Conflicts, Split Focalization and Changing Roles in Scandinavian Crime Fiction; Y.Leffler
PART II: DISMEMBERED BODIES, WOUNDED STATES: GENDER POLITICS IN THE MILLENNIUM TRILOGY AND BEYOND
Rape and the Avenging Female in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy and HÅkan Nesser's Woman with Birthmark and The Inspector and Silence; M.Harris
The Body, Hopelessness and Nostalgia: Representations of Rape and the Welfare State in Swedish Crime Fiction; K.Gregersdotter
Over Her Dismembered Body: the Crime Fiction of Mo Hayder and Jo Nesbø; B.Åström
PART III: REWRITING SCRIPTS: LANGUAGE, GENDER AND VIOLENCE IN CONTEMPORARY CRIME FICTION
Disarticulated Figures: Language and Sexual Violence in Contemporary Crime Fiction; M.Freeman
Male Fantasy, Sexual Exploitation and the Femme Fatale: Reframing Scripts of Power and Gender in Neo-Noir Novels by Sara Paretsky, Megan Abbott and Stieg Larsson; Z.Brigley-Thompson
PART IV: ETHICS, VIOLENCE AND ADAPTATION
Rape and Replay in Stieg Larsson, Liza Marklund and Val McDermid: On Affect, Ethics and Feeling Bad; T.Horeck
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
: Rape, Revenge and Victimhood in Cinematic Translation; C.Henry
'Hidden in the Snow': Female Violence against the Men Who Hate Women in the Millennium Adaptations; P.Gates
Index

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"This is an excellent addition to the growing body of critical literature dealing with cross-cultural developments in crime fiction. Larsson is a controversial writer, and one of the real strengths of this collection is the way it showcases critical debate about some of the most difficult aspects of contemporary crime fiction - its representation of sexual violence; its underlying socio-political agendas and its moral-ethical substance; and the ways in which audiences respond to a genre that is by turns conventional, clichéd, subversive and deeply uncomfortable." - Lee Horsley