Realistic and Mythological Appropriations of Nordic Noir: The Cases of Shetland and Ø

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review


The question of appropriation is framed by focusing on the dual legacy of the Nordic crime fiction tradition, the center–periphery binary in Nordic noir, and the implications of location, especially the significance of the island. A dominant trend in Nordic noir explores a socially realistic universe. It is supplemented by another trend hinging on mythological or supernatural layers. On the background of the center–periphery binary and the island as an especially suited place for crimes, the dual legacy is explored in two examples of Nordic noir appropriations—the BBC Scotland series Shetland (2013–) and the French Studio+ production Ø (2016).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordic Noir, Adaptation, Appropriation
EditorsLinda Badley, Andrew Nestingen, Jaakko Seppälä
Number of pages20
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date7 May 2020
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-38657-3, 978-3-030-38660-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-38658-0
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2020
SeriesPalgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture


  • Nordic crime fiction
  • Center–periphery binary
  • Mythology
  • Island crime
  • Location


Dive into the research topics of 'Realistic and Mythological Appropriations of Nordic Noir: The Cases of Shetland and Ø'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this