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

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Overview

Scandinavian popular novels and films have seen an efflorescence 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 significant 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.

About the Author:
Andrew Nestingen is an assistant professor of Scandinavian studies at the University of Washington

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Scandinavian-Canadian Studies - Peter Stenberg

The reader is very satisfied to have been taken on a journey over a vast northern landscape that is no longer quite the same as it used to be, but which becomes more comprehensible after reading this convincing introduction to post-war Scandinavian culture.

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Meet the Author

Andrew Nestingen is assistant professor of Scandinavian studies at the University of Washington.

University of Washington Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction Popular and Social Transformation in Scandinavian Fictions 3

1 The New Popular Culture: Popular Fictions and Their Publics 17

2 Medium Concept: Scandinavian Genre and Art Film Hybrids 48

3 The Melodrama of Demand: Cultural Politics of the Scandinavian Melodrama 99

4 Johanna Sinisalo's Monsters: Popular Culture and Heterogeneous Publics 154

5 Autobiography and the Police: Life Writing and Its Publics 194

6 The Burned-Out Policeman: Henning Mankell's Transnational Police Procedural 223

Epilogue 255

Notes 261

Filmography 273

Bibliography 279

Index 307

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