Making a Killing: Science Fiction Through the Lens of Nordic Noir in 'Crocodile' and 'Hated in the Nation'

Ward, Daniel (2021) Making a Killing: Science Fiction Through the Lens of Nordic Noir in 'Crocodile' and 'Hated in the Nation'. In: Reading Black Mirror: Insights Into Technology & The Post-Media Condition. Transcript, Bielefeld, Germany, pp. 201-218. ISBN 9783837652321

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Abstract

Crime stories originating from Northern Europe have enjoyed critical and, to varying degrees, commercial success in the fields of cinema, television and literature, spawning translations, adaptations, and even international imitations paying visible homage to the distinctive aesthetic and thematic characteristics of the form, which have become so recognisable they have evolved into a generic type of their own – ‘Nordic Noir’. In this article, Dan Ward examines Black Mirror's conspicuous mobilisation of the conventions of Nordic Noir in two distinctive episodes. Drawing on a range of critical perspectives and noteworthy examples of the genre, Ward investigates the repurposing of Scandinavian crime fiction's familiar social critique to contemporary concerns around creeping surveillance and the rise of corporate technocracy in neoliberal democracies.

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Additional Information: This text was published as Daniel Ward, 'Making a Killing: Science Fiction Through the Lens of Nordic Noir in 'Crocodile' and 'Hated in the Nation'. in: German A. Duarte / Justin Michael Battin (eds.), in Reading Black Mirror: Insights Into Technology & The Post-Media Condition., transcript Bielefeld, 2021. The text is posted here by permission of transcript Verlag for personal use only, not for redistribution.
Subjects: Media > Cinema and Film
Media > Media and Cultural Studies
Media > Television
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries > School of Media and Communications
Depositing User: Daniel Ward
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2021 09:46
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2021 16:58
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/13110
ORCID for Daniel Ward: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6595-1542

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