Crime and Fantasy in Scandinavia : Fiction, Film, and Social Change
by Andrew K. Nestingen


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Scandinavian popular novels and films have flourished in the last thirty years. In "Crime and Fantasy in Scandinavia," Andrew Nestingen argues that the growth and visibility of popular culture have been at the heart of the development of heterogeneous "publics" in Scandinavia, in opposition to the homogenizing influence of the post-World War II welfare state.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Scandinavian popular novels and films have flourished in the last thirty years. In "Crime and Fantasy in Scandinavia," Andrew Nestingen argues that the growth and visibility of popular culture have been at the heart of the development of heterogeneous "publics" in Scandinavia, in opposition to the homogenizing influence of the post-World War II welfare state. Novels and films have mobilized readers and viewers, serving as a preeminent site for debates over individualism, collectivity, national homogeneity, gender, and transnational relations.

"Crime and Fantasy in Scandinavia" provides insight into the changing nature of civil society in Scandinavia through the lens of popular culture. Nestingen develops his argument through the examination of genres where the central theme is individual transgression of societal norms: crime films and novels, melodramas, and fantasy fiction. Among the internationally known writers and filmmakers discussed are Henning Mankell, Aki Kaurismaki, Lukas Moodysson, and Lars von Trier.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780295988030
  • ISBN-10: 0295988037
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publish Date: September 2008
  • Page Count: 326
  • Reading Level: Ages 22-UP

Series: New Directions in Scandinavian Studies

Related Categories

Books > Literary Criticism > European - Scandinavian
Books > Literary Criticism > Mystery & Detective Fiction
Books > Literary Criticism > Science Fiction & Fantasy

 
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