Framing Nordic Noir

From Film Noir to High-End Television Drama
  • Audun Engelstad
Part of the Palgrave European Film and Media Studies book series (PEFMS)


This chapter frames Nordic noir as a theoretical concept. Just as with the classic concept of noir, Nordic noir relate to both literature (serialised crime novels) and film, in addition to high-end television drama. The shift from film to television comes with a number of challenges in terms of themes, narrative structure and aesthetics. Relating Nordic noir within the genre theory of film noir helps clarify how to understand Nordic noir as a critical concept, while theories about serial drama shed light on the new traits Nordic noir has brought to the general field of noir.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Inland Norway University of Applied ScienceCampus LillehammerNorway

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