Introduction: Where Is Nordic Noir?

  • Kim Toft HansenEmail author
  • Anne Marit Waade
Part of the Palgrave European Film and Media Studies book series (PEFMS)


In the Introduction the authors present Nordic Noir as a transnational phenomenon that attracted international attention initially as Scandinavian crime literature and later as television drama and film. Focusing on conceptualising Nordic Noir, they trace how the phenomenon made its way from the popular press and international television distribution to serious academic consideration of the reach and applicability of this new concept, referring to both well-known cases and recent transnational examples. Initially, the authors specify their main methodical approach to television drama as location studies and place this new method within the spatial turn of media studies. Nordic Noir is approached as a widespread locative media brand rather than a strict genre categorisation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Culture and Global StudiesAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  2. 2.Aarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

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