As with many other gifted artists who have died prematurely, Stig Dagerman's life and writing has taken on mythic proportions, and continues to generate interest from readers and researchers alike. He continues to be the subject of research from multiple perspectives: philosophical, psychological, political, and journalistic. Researchers have also examined the relationship of his writing to film, and his spectacular success among contemporary audiences in France and Italy.

Dagerman as Myth

Dahl, Karin. La réception de l'œvre de Stig Dagerman en France – la consécration d'un écrivain étranger. L'Harmattan, Paris, 2010. ISBN:978-296-11974-1.

Dahl, Karin. La Mythification d’un ecrivain etranger. La reception de l'oeuvre de Stig Dagerman en France et en Italie. University of Gothenburg, 2008.

Perilleux, Georges: Stig Dagerman – Le mythe et l'oeuvre, 1993.

Cover of Friheten meddelad.

Dagerman's Philosophy: "The keyword in Stig Dagerman’s writing is freedom."

Lotass, Lotta. Freedom Conveyed. Studies in the writings of Stig Dagerman. University of Gothenburg, 2002. Read the abstract.

Perilleux, Georges. Stig Dagerman et l'existentialisme, Societe d'Edition Les Belles Lettres, Paris, 1982.

Writer's Block & Creativity Crisis – Comparison to Strindberg

Cover of Skapar kriser.

Cullberg, Johan. Skapar kriser – Strindbergs Inferno och Dagermans. Natur & Kultur, Stockholm, 1992. 

"That I have chosen to study August Strindberg and Stig Dagerman is not only because I much like them as authors. My primary reason is that the former went through a difficult and well-documented midlife crisis that was followed by a powerful creative period, whereas the latter chose to end his life."

—Johan Cullberg

Dagerman & Psychology

Ahlund, Claes. Fallets lag och jagets stjärna. En studie i Stig Dagermans författarskap. Gidlunds Förlag,  Stockholm, 1998.

Laitinen, Kerstin. Begärets irrvägar. University of Umeå, Almquist & Wicksell, Stockholm, 1986.

Dahl, Hansen, Ljung: Ångestens hemliga förgreningar. Symposium Bokförlag, Stockholm, 1984.

Press, Natalya: (In Russian) Stig Dagerman and Escapism , includes prose extract "A Thousand Years with God". Hektor, St. Petersburg, 2009.

Cover of Den politiske Stig Dagerman.

Dagerman as Journalist

Palmquist Karin. Diktaren i verkligheten. Journalisten Stig Dagerman. Federativs, Stockholm, 1989.

Dagerman's Politics/Anarchism

Karlsson, Tom. "Stig Dagerman – författaren som anarkist" in Arbetarförfattarna och syndikalismen, Federativs, Stockholm, 1999.

Sandberg, Hans: Den politiske Stig Dagerman. Federativs, Stockholm, 1979.

Dagerman and the Medium of Film

Cover of Stig Dagerman Brev.

Werner, Gösta. De Grymma Skuggorna. Norstedts, Stockholm, 1986.

Dagerman's Letters

Sandberg, Hans. Stig Dagerman Brev. Norstedts, Stockholm, 2002.

Impressions (snapshots) by Those Who Met Him

Sandberg, Hans & Söderhäll, Bengt. Stig Dagerman i ögonblicksbilder. Stig Dagermansällskapet, Gävle, 2003.