Images of the North: An Analysis of Book Covers of Swedish Crime Fiction in Greek and Spanish Translation

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Marianna Smaragdi - Lund University, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University orcid

Ingela Johansson - Lund University, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University orcid

Research principal

Lund University - Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University rorId


This study is an analysis of the book cover images of a selection of Swedish crime literature, published in Greece and the Spanish-speaking world in the period of 2000-2017. Covers are crucial to the paratextual signal system (Genette, 1991); departing from theories on paratext within translation studies, we aim to compare the original book covers to the covers of the translated volumes. Do the Greek and Spanish book markets emphasise the stereotypical images of the North that have been identified in studies on borealism (Chartier, 2008)? The image covers of the original and the translated editions were examined by means of a content analysis, complemented by an empirical study. The empirical study consist of anonymously answered questionnaires with questions about the book covers as well as the anonymous respondents’ background information. The examination of the sample did not unambiguously indicate that the translated editions draw more heavily on the Nordic origin. Similarly, not all covers of the translations revealed belonging to the crime genre.

Data contains personal data


Method and outcome

Time period(s) investigated

2000-01-01 – 2017-12-31

Data format / data structure

Data collection
Language resources

Resource type

Lexical conceptual resource

Lexical conceptual resource type

Geographic coverage
Administrative information

Responsible department/unit

Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University

Topic and keywords

Research area

Cultural activities and participation (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Languages and literature (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Specific literatures (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)



Publishing Houses, cover designers


Version 1. 2020-12-11

Version 1: 2020-12-11


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Published: 2020-12-11
Last updated: 2021-11-22