Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Kristina Malmio, Kaisa Kurikka
    Pages 1-22 Open Access
  3. Whose Place Is This Anyway? On the Social Uses of Space and Power

  4. Where Do You Feel? Spaces, Emotions, and Technology

  5. Which Language Do You Use? Spaces of Language and Text

  6. Is This a Possible Space? Potentialities of Space

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 301-307

About this book


This open access collection offers a detailed mapping of recent Nordic literature and its different genres (fiction, poetry, and children’s literature) through the perspective of spatiality. Concentrating on contemporary Nordic literature, the book presents a distinctive view on the spatial turn and widens the understanding of Nordic literature outside of canonized authors. Examining literatures by Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, and Finnish authors, the chapters investigate a recurrent theme of social criticism and analyze this criticism against the welfare state and power hierarchies in spatial terms. The chapters explore various narrative worlds and spaces—from the urban to parks and forests, from textual spaces to spatial thematics, studying these spatial features in relation to the problems of late modernity.


spatiality place and literature Nordic literature welfare state Danish literature Norwegian literature Swedish literature Finnish literature Nordic noir Open Access

Editors and affiliations

  • Kristina Malmio
    • 1
  • Kaisa Kurikka
    • 2
  1. 1.University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.University of TurkuTurkuFinland

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