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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPalgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture
EditorsLinda Badley, Andrew Nestingen, Jaakko Seppälä
Number of pages17
Place of publicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2020
Pages37-53
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-38657-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-38658-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
SeriesPalgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture

Keywords

  • Arctic noir
  • Arctic sublime
  • Cinematic landscapes
  • Midnight Sun
  • Nordic noir
  • Sámi culture

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