Nordlit <p><em>Nordlit</em> is an Open Access journal for Nordic literature and culture, published by the Department of Language and Culture at the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.</p> en-US (Morten Auklend) (Septentrio Academic Publishing) Fri, 07 Jun 2024 10:15:44 +0200 OJS 60 Thorkild Hansen's Prosessen mot Hamsun and the Documentarism Debate <p><em>In the autumn of 1978, Thorkild Hansen’s </em>Prosessen mot Hamsun<em> generated a heated debate in Scandinavia. Hansen was the first to portray Knut Hamsun’s position during the second world war and the legal proceedings against him in the aftermath to such an extent, both when it comes to the use of sources and commercial ambitions. The portraying is in the genre documentarism, a hybrid of fiction and non-fiction, which at the time of publishing over a decade had held a prominent position in Scandinavia. The article gives a retrospect at a genre, a book, and the debate it caused by throwing light upon Hansen’s use of sources and his literary style. The conclusion asks whether Hansen had a plausible cause and lost it in the use of genre, and furthermore how genre debates still cause headlines. </em></p> Christopher Messelt Copyright (c) 2024 Christopher Messelt Fri, 07 Jun 2024 00:00:00 +0200