Stieg Larsson and Scandinavian Crime Literature as a Stepping Stone

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


The authors analyse the literary roots of Nordic Noir’s spatial logic and link this to the notions of a neo-romantic tendency in local crime fiction and norientalism as a concept. The global reach and bestselling speed of Mai Sjöwall/Per Wahlöö, Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson, respectively, are singled out as specific indications of a changed literary market. In this process, especially the Swedish literary market appears to be influential on the world scene of Nordic crime fiction. The authors sum op the development from literature to screened crime fiction based on two different production models: the Beck model and the Danish model, and shed light on the blurred media boundaries in Sweden and the focus on televised crime fiction in Denmark.


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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