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Melancholy in Nordic Noir: Characters, landscapes, light and music

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Nordic noir on screen is characterised by a certain melancholy displayed in the plot, the imagery and the characters. These elements also characterise Scandinavian crime fiction, for example, the troubled protagonists and the cold climate. Nordic noir has attracted considerable interest among audiences and academics. However, none of the academic contributions reflect the connection to the historical Nordic melancholy. In this article, I relate Nordic noir to Nordic melancholy in art, philosophy and culture in which melancholy as a romantic ideal was embedded in a particular landscape and climate aesthetic, and, herby contribute to the study of emotions in television drama.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCritical Studies in Television
Pages (from-to)380-394
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2017

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