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Nordic noir in the UK: The allure of accessible difference

Stougaard-Nielsen, J; (2016) Nordic noir in the UK: The allure of accessible difference. Journal of Aesthetics & Culture , 8 10.3402/jac.v8.32704. Green open access

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Abstract

This article takes a closer look at the recent success of Nordic noir in the United Kingdom considering especially the ways in which this particular aesthetic or popular cultural form has come to function as a medium for intercultural communication wherein the perceived Nordicness of the genre plays a central role in negotiating social and cultural desires and challenges pertaining mostly to the receiving culture. Nordic noir, I argue, is not merely a fleeting fashion but a publishing and media phenomenon that tells us something about particular patterns of cultural consumption in the first decades of the twenty-first century United Kingdom.

Type: Article
Title: Nordic noir in the UK: The allure of accessible difference
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3402/jac.v8.32704
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/jac.v8.32704
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright: © 2016 J. Stougaard-Nielsen. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), allowing third parties to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format and to remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially, provided the original work is properly cited and states its license.
Keywords: Nordic noir; crime fiction; intercultural communication; mobility; exoticism; Nordicness; whiteness; The Killing
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1527560
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