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Andrew Nestingen
JSIS D 317
Seattle Campus

Scandinavian Crime Fiction

Studies Scandinavian crime-fiction literature and cinema since 1965, approaching crime fiction as a changing cultural artifact. Analyzes major issues and texts in the genre and its public status, while also training students in critical approaches to study of popular literature and culture. Offered: jointly with SCAND 315; Sp.

Class description

We survey the Scandinavian crime novel (Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway, and Sweden), which is most famous for its social criticism. We move from the 1970s to the present. The course is based largely on discussion and writing about the novels. Authors studied include Karin Fossum, Stieg Larsson, Harri Nykänen, Jussi Adler Olsen, Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö.

Student learning goals

Acquire a critical vocabulary of twenty terms for analysis of crime fiction(generally relevant literary terms)

Acquire a critical vocabulary of twenty terms for analyzing contemporary Scandinavian crime fiction (specific cultural terms)

General method of instruction

Short lecture and discussion

Recommended preparation

Students should be prepared to read a lot of literature. The reading is enjoyable (crime novels!), but there is plenty of it. This is a course for students who are up to the challenge or reading and analyzing interesting books.

Class assignments and grading

There is a mid-term exam on terms and readings. Students also write three papers over the course of the quarter. The first two are 2-3 pages, the final paper is 6-10. (The final paper may be a revision and extension of one of the earlier papers.) Students may complete a 'w' credit by writing a longer final paper, if they choose.

Grades are based on participation and writing assignments.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Andrew Nestingen
Date: 10/26/2012