At bløde blæk - Om fascinationen og kvaliteten af Jussi Adler-Olsens "Kvinden i buret"

Mathilde Rosenkrantz Holm Nielsen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


”To Bleed Ink – about the fascination and the quality of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s book,”The Keeper of Lost Causes” is a thesis in the Master Degree, Danish at Roskilde University. The thesis is written with the intention to give an insight of the fascination of the thriller genre together with the quality of it. With the choice of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s first novel about Division Q, ”The Keeper of Lost Causes”, an image of the reader’s fascination of the thriller novel is given, and furthermore how it is possible to talk about literary quality as related to the novel. With the help from three reader-response-criticism theories, a light is shed on the lin-guistic elements, which yields the reader’s interest of the novel. Amongst others, Wolfgang Iser’s theory about the empty spaces relative to the reader’s role in the reading are defined and in extension to this, Peter Brooks theory about plot and plotting is described respectively as the foundation of the thriller and the activation of the reader in the reading process. Further-more, Sigmund Freud, Julia Kristeva and Michael Clasen are involved with focus on the frightening element in the thriller. Henceforth, the theory about quality is described. With help from Erik Bjerck Hagen et al, a methodically approach to literary quality is explained which results in a debate about who sets the norms for literary quality. Thus the analysis of ”The Keeper of Lost Causes” will have its theoretical background from these theories. With an analysis of the plot, the reception and the frightening, the ques-tion of why the reader finds the thriller novel interesting will be brought to focus. Henceforth an analysis of the quality within the novel and also the reviewer’s valuation of it portrays a more concerning literary way to evaluate the quality of ”The Keeper of Lost Causes”. Thus it results in a discussion about who sets the norms for literary quality and if it is even still rele-vant to discuss the literary quality. Therefore, the thesis focuses on portraying an already ex-isting debate of the literary quality.

UddannelserDansk, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato20 sep. 2013


  • Michael Clasen
  • fascination
  • Peter Brooks
  • Julia Kristeva
  • Kvinden i buret
  • Sigmund Freud
  • Erik Bjerck Hagen
  • kvalitet
  • Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes
  • Wolfgang Iser
  • quality