Crime and Fantasy in Scandinavia: Fiction, Film, and Social Change

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University of Washington Press, Dec 31, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 336 pages
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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. 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 Kaurism ki, Lukas Moodysson, and Lars von Trier.

 

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Contents

Popular and Social Transformation in Scandinavian Fictions
3
Popular Fictions and Their Publics
17
Scandinavian Genre and Art Film Hybrids
48
Cultural Politics of the Scandinavian Melodrama
99
Popular Culture and Heterogeneous Publics
154
Life Writing and Its Publics
194
Henning Mankells Transnational Police Procedural
223
EPILOGUE
255
NOTES
261
FILMOGRAPHY
273
BIBLIOGRAPHY
279
INDEX
307
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Andrew Nestingen is assistant professor of Scandinavian studies at the University of Washington.

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