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

Gunhild Agger, Anne Marit Waade

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    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
    Article number5
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-96886-5
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-96887-2
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018
    SeriesPalgrave European Film and Media Studies

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