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"Regional Conflicts: From the Merchant's House to the People's Home"

  • Erik Hedling (Professor)
  • Olof Hedling (Docent)
  • Mats Jönsson (Docent)
Publiceringsår: 2010
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 191-211
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Regional Aesthetics : Locating Swedish Media
Volym: Mediehistoriskt arkiv 15
Dokumenttyp: Del av eller Kapitel i bok
Förlag: Kungliga Biblioteket (National Library of Sweden)


This article is an analysis of the Swedish feature film "Brita i grosshandlarhuset" from 1946 about a poor girl that moves to the city finding employment as a maid in the house of a rich merchant. Here I examine the compromises - in terms of constructions of class and gender - that paved the way for a new narrative, with the progression of imagery from, so to speak, the symbol of the merchant house to the metaphor of the "Folkhem". In special focus stands the relation between city and country side.



  • Cultural Sciences
  • History and Archaeology
  • historical film analysis
  • maid servants
  • class
  • gender
  • Folkhem


  • Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
  • ISSN: 1654-6601
  • ISBN: 978-91-88468-14-7

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