Arctic noir on screen: midnight Sun (2016-) as a mix of geopolitical criticism and spectacular, mythical landscapes

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Abstract

This chapter focuses on the mix of political criticism and spectacular, mythical landscapes in the Swedish Arctic crime series Midnatssol (Midnight Sun, 2016–). Arctic noir not only adapts the double premises that characterize Nordic noir and Scandinavian crime fiction in general, the combination of a public-interest narrative thread, often political, with a crime investigation. It also demonstrates a triple premise including (a) the crime plot and its setting, (b) the political, critical, societal “plot,” and (c) the cinematic landscape. I analyze the landscapes in the series and link them to the idea of the Arctic sublime in art and cultural history. The article asks whether the distinct premises and gazes in Arctic noir support and reinforce each other or, perhaps instead, compete and conflict with each other.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelPalgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture
RedaktørerLinda Badley, Andrew Nestingen, Jaakko Seppälä
Antal sider17
UdgivelsesstedCham
ForlagPalgrave Macmillan
Publikationsdato2020
Sider37-53
ISBN (Trykt)978-3-030-38657-3
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-3-030-38658-0
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2020
NavnPalgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture

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