Rapport från en skurhink

Rapport från en skurhink

OFFLINE GEHAALD IVM RECHTEN; [We can’t seem to find the legal documentation regarding the copyright agreement with Ekelöfs relatives, which is very unfortunate – seeing as the text is such an important feminist legacy in Sweden. Linda Börjesson – Acting coordinator, KvinnSam – National Resource Library for Gender Studies]
Mail wisseling 25 juni 2019

Rapport från en skurhink
Book | Sweden

English title: Report from a Scrub Bucket
Keyword(s): lower class | cleaning occupations | single mothers | Sweden | diary | autobiography
Languages(s): Swedish
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Maja Ekelöf’s Report from a Scrub Bucket (1970) is a Swedish literary classic. The book was published at a period when Swedish authors gave marginalized people a voice. Books could be about poor people, as in a report from a Chinese village (Sven Lindqvist 1963), or about miners’ situation in the north of Sweden ( Sara Lidman 1968). A single, middle-aged mother of five, Maja Ekelöf (1918–1989) adopted the diary form to describe her own work as a low-paid cleaning woman, her everyday family life, and the situation of the world from a socialist perspective. This was the voice of a new, active female subject. Boundaries between the private and public spheres were blurred, as were those between different genres of fiction. There were passages of diary writing, and of autobiography and report. Through consciousness raising and the urge of women’s and class experiences the book became an important intervention in the Swedish debate about gender and class equality. Consciousness-raising, with an emphasis on the experiences of women and class, the book became an important contribution to the Swedish debate about gender and class equality. / Summary by Anna Nordenstam


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