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"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 Kaurism ki, Lukas Moodysson, and Lars von Trier.
Andrew Nestingen is assistant professor of Scandinavian studies at the University of Washington.
"A fascinating analysis of the significance of crime fiction for our understanding of Scandinavia's transformations in an era of globalizing tendencies." - Mette Hjort, author of "Small Nation, Global Cinema: The New Danish Cinema "
"This is an important work that urges Scandinavianists to rethink received notions about the welfare state and its legacy as well as the changing status of cultural productions." - Ellen Rees, University of Oregon
- 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