Mænd der hader kvinder - et værk der bryder grænser

Raymund Nelausen, Ida Borberg, Sigrid Storm, Nicolai Børnick & Annemette Poulsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The assignment investigates how the novel Mænd der hader kvinder (2005) by Stieg Larsson breaks down the boundaries between men and women, reality and fiction, hero and antihero, and between victim and executioner. It also looks into how the two film adaptations, Mænd der hader kvinder (2008) and The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo (2011), relate to the novel and how they treat the themes within the book. In our analysis of the novel and the two adaptations, we have applied the relevant theories to the subject from a number of sources. Using John Cawelti’s theories from Adventure, Mystery, and Romance (1977), we analyzed genre and formula; Mænd der hader kvinder begins as a formal work, which follows the traditional mystery formula. But Larsson further develops the formal structure, resulting in the surprise of the audience. The assignment also deals with Gunhild Aggers theory about how a novel can be a bestseller from Den skandinaviske krimi: bestseller og blockbuster (2010). According to her theory Mænd der hader kvinder is a bestseller because Larsson has blended and mixed different genres, each of which are popular. To see how the two adaptations relate to the novel, we have used Geoffrey Wagners theory about Three modes of Adaption from The Novel and The Cinema (1975) and Peter Schepelerns theory from Fra bog til film -typiske træk i danske filmatiseringer (2010). By Wagners terms, the Swedish adaptation is a commentary because there are changes in the storyline, but it is made with respect for the original work. The American adaptation is a transposition because it is basically a reproduction of the novel. By Schepelerns terms the strategy of the director of the American adaptation is to preserve the original work as much as possible. And the strategy of the director of the Swedish adaptation is to change and omit parts of the original. Judith Butler's theories about gender from Gendertrouble (1990/2010), is used to describe how the character Lisbeth Salander is genderfluid in the novel. In the end, a conclusion can be drawn. It tells that Stieg Larsson has broken boundaries in the genre as he develops the formula and mixes the genres. We can also conclude, that both the novel and the two adaptations truly break the boundaries and challenge traditional conventions between our themes, which shows how Mænd der hader kvinder has broken boundaries in many ways.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato21 dec. 2015
VejledereKatrine Sommer Boysen


  • Filmatisering
  • Krimi
  • Lisbeth Salander
  • Stieg Larsson