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Swedish working class literature and the class politics of heritage: Magnus Nilsson


The main argument in this chapter is that the emergence of group-specific literary heritages constitutes a major challenge to the notion of national heritage, but that the promotion of working class literature as heritage also challenges the standard conceptualisation of the politics of heritage as identity or recognition politics. This argument is first presented in theoretical terms, and thereafter illustrated by an analysis of the politics of the promotion of Swedish working class literature as heritage. The main reason for choosing Swedish working class literature as

an example is the fact that this literature has gained a very strong position in the national Swedish literature during the twentieth century. Thus it represents one of the most successful working class challenges to a national heritage. Furthermore, the nature of this challenge has changed over time, which makes it illustrative of several aspects of the class politics of heritage.