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Contemporary Nordic Literature and Spatiality

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Examines Nordic poetry, fiction, and children’s literature

  • Considers the social, political, and technological uses of space in literature

  • Incorporates literary urban studies, ecocriticism, and affect theory

Part of the book series: Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies (GSLS)

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction: Storied Spaces of Contemporary Nordic Literature

    • Kristina Malmio, Kaisa Kurikka
    Pages 1-22
  3. Whose Place Is This Anyway? On the Social Uses of Space and Power

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 23-23
  4. Where Do You Feel? Spaces, Emotions, and Technology

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 101-101
  5. 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


Contemporary Nordic Literature and Spatiality makes a valuable contribution to spatial literary studies. As globalization and online interconnection have tied us closer together while at the same time compounding divisions, it is urgent to understand the changing relationships of space and culture. This volume brings together critical readings of a variety of spatial theories with provocative arguments about space in Nordic literary culture, especially Finnish and Swedish. Kristina Malmio and Kaisa Kurikka, and the writers they bring together in Contemporary Nordic Literature and Spatiality, further establish spatial literary studies as a central issue in Nordic literary and cultural studies. The book will be a must-read study for anyone interested in literature and space, and in the literature of the Nordic countries.” (Andrew Nestingen, Professor of Scandinavian Studies, University of Washington, USA)


Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

    Kristina Malmio

  • University of Turku, Turku, Finland

    Kaisa Kurikka

About the editors

Kristina Malmio is University Lecturer, Adjunct Professor in Nordic Literature at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and leader of the research project “Late Modern Spatiality in Finland-Swedish Prose Literature.”

Kaisa Kurikka is Researcher and Adjunct Professor in the School of History, Culture, and Arts Studies at the University of Turku, Finland. She has a doctorate in Finnish Literature.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 34.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)