Melancholy and Murder

Feelings, Atmosphere and Social Criticism in Television Crime Series
  • Gunhild AggerEmail author
  • Anne Marit Waade
Part of the Palgrave European Film and Media Studies book series (PEFMS)


From Antiquity to modern times, the concept of melancholy has challenged and inspired thinkers within different disciplines. This is also the case in modern TV drama, not least the kind that has been inspired by Nordic noir. In the article, the authors demonstrate how different aspects of melancholy can be applied as a distinct analytical approach to contemporary crime series. The serial Southcliffe (2013) is the primary case, but references are drawn to other examples. The authors investigate the relationship between melancholy and place, and show how melancholy traits are an important part of characters as well of atmosphere and mood. Last, they point out how distance and metatextual layers form a part of melancholy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Aalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  2. 2.Aarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

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