The obscene enjoyment of Jussi Adler-Olsen

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    In contemporary Scandinavian crime fiction a post-realistic tendency has
    been noticed. We see melodramatic turns, neoromantic tendencies, and a
    rising post-secular awareness. Together, these reactions may be responses to
    cultural changes in the welfare landscape of Scandinavian countries. Within
    these diverse approaches to genre changes, there has also been a significant
    attraction towards shrewd and radical culprits. Contrary to the socially sensitive
    treatment of criminality in much Nordic noir, these tendencies have as
    well given rise to portrayals of radical and absolute evil as a particularly
    popular approach to the genre.
    In this paper, I draw attention to Jussi Adler-Olsen’s widely popular Department
    Q novels with explicit emphasis on violence, obscenity, and evil.
    Even though these novels draw in the horns of realism in the narrative depiction
    of criminality, the radical evil still evoke a strategic social criticism
    propounded by the author both within the narratives as well as in popular
    comments on social predicaments. Social problems are not ransacked from a
    realistic perspective, but the surplus of evil expressed in the novels, nevertheless,
    figuratively continue the genre’s immanent possibilities of social
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date3 May 2013
    Number of pages6
    Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2013
    EventSociety for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study - San Francisco, United States
    Duration: 2 May 20134 May 2013


    ConferenceSociety for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySan Francisco


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