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Locating Nordic Noir: From Beck to The Bridge

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This book is a comprehensive study of Nordic Noir television drama from the 1990’s until today. The authors introduce the history of contemporary Nordic Noir from the perspective of place, production and location studies. The chapters include readings of well-known television crime dramas such as BeckThe KillingTrapped and The Bridge as well as a range of other important Nordic Noir cases.

The authors position the development of Nordic Noir in the global market for popular television drama and place the international attention towards Nordic crime dramas within regional development of drama production in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland. Consequently, Nordic Noir is read as both a transnational financial and creative phenomenon and as a local possibility for community building.

Offering a comprehensible, scholarly and methodologically original approach to the popularity of Nordic television crime dramas, this volume is aimed at readers with an interest in crime drama as well as scholars and students of television drama.

About the authors

Kim Toft Hansen is Associate Professor of Scandinavian Media Studies at Aalborg University, Denmark. His research has focussed on Scandinavian crime fiction, written and audio-visual, and media production studies with special attention towards relationships between local and global media. He has published extensively on crime fiction and Danish film and television.

Anne Marit Waade is Associate Professor of Media & Journalism, Aarhus University, Denmark. Her research has focused on creative industry and promotional culture, locations in television productions, the export of Danish television drama and media tourism. She has published extensively on Danish television drama, mediated places and tourism.