Nordic Gothic

Edited by Maria Holmgren Troy, Johan Hõglund, Yvonne Leffler and Sofia Wijkmark

Nordic Gothic


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6395-0
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.00
  • Published Date: July 2022
  • BIC Category: PERFORMING ARTS / Film / Genres / Horror, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 20th Century, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 21st Century, Society & social sciences / Cultural studies, The arts / Television, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: from c 1900 -, Literature, Gothic Literature, Literary studies: from c 2000, LITERARY CRITICISM / Gothic & Romance
  • Series: International Gothic Series


Nordic Gothic traces Gothic fiction in the Nordic region from its beginnings in the nineteenth century, with a main focus on the development of Gothic from the 1990s onwards in literature, film, TV and new media. The volume gives an overview of Nordic Gothic fiction in relation to transnational developments and provides a number of case studies and in-depth analyses of individual narratives. It creates an understanding of this under-researched cultural phenomenon by showing how the narratives make visible cultural anxieties haunting the Nordic countries, their welfare systems, identities and ideologies. Nordic Gothic examines how figures from Nordic folklore function as metaphorical expressions of Gothic themes and Nordic settings are explored from perspectives such as ecocriticism and postcolonialism. The book will be of interest to researchers and post- and- undergraduate students in various fields within the Humanities.


List of figures
1 The past that haunts the present: the rise of Nordic Gothic - Yvonne Leffler & Johan Höglund
2 Two Nordic Gothic icons: Hans Christian Andersen and Selma Lagerlöf - Maria Holmgren Troy & Sofia Wijkmark
3 Swedish Gothic and the demise of the welfare state - Sofia Wijkmark
4 Nordic Gothic crime: places and spaces in Johan Theorin's Öland quartet series - Yvonne Leffler
5 'The Chosen Ones': Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg's teenage witch trilogy - Maria Holmgren Troy
6 Nordic troll Gothic - Sofia Wijkmark
7 Indigenous hauntings: Nordic Gothic and colonialism - Johan Höglund
8 Lost (and gained) in translation: Nordic Gothic and transcultural adaptation - Maria Holmgren Troy
9 Nordic Gothic new media - Johan Höglund
Appendix: Nordic Gothic fiction


Maria Holmgren Troy is Professor of English at Karlstad University

Johan Höglund is Professor of English at Linnaeus University

Yvonne Leffler is Professor of Comparative Literature at University of Gothenburg

Sofia Wijkmark is Reader in Comparative Literature at Karlstad University

Nordic Gothic

Edited by Maria Holmgren Troy, Johan Hõglund, Yvonne Leffler, Sofia Wijkmark

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