Melancholy and Murder: Feelings, Atmosphere and Social Criticism in Television Crime Series

Gunhild Agger, Anne Marit Waade

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Abstract

The concept of melancholy has played a prominent role in research aiming to define Nordic noir and subsequent British productions. By linking the concepts of tone and mood to audio-visual theory, our aim is to clarify the ways in which a melancholy mood and tone have developed into primary defining ingredients in contemporary TV crime drama. As the British crime serial Southcliffe (2013-) excels in melancholic traits, it serves as our main example to illuminate prevalent uses of melancholy. Links are drawn to other British and Nordic crime series.
Translated title of the contributionMelankoli og mord: Følelser, stemning og social kritik i tv-serier
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Television crime drama and beyond
EditorsKim Toft Hansen, Steven Peacock, Sue Turnbull
Number of pages22
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication dateDec 2018
Pages61-82
Article number5
Chapter5
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-96886-5
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-96887-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018
SeriesPalgrave European Film and Media Studies

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