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Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies
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Contemporary Nordic Literature and Spatiality

Editors: Malmio, Kristina, Kurikka, Kaisa (Eds.)

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  • Examines Nordic poetry, fiction, and children’s literature
  • Considers the social, political, and technological uses of space in literature
  • Incorporates literary urban studies, ecocriticism, and affect theory
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This open access collection offers a detailed mapping of recent Nordic literature and its different genres (fiction, poetry, and children’s literature) through the perspective of spatiality. Concentrating on contemporary Nordic literature, the book presents a distinctive view on the spatial turn and widens the understanding of Nordic literature outside of canonized authors. Examining literatures by Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, and Finnish authors, the chapters investigate a recurrent theme of social criticism and analyze this criticism against the welfare state and power hierarchies in spatial terms. The chapters explore various narrative worlds and spaces—from the urban to parks and forests, from textual spaces to spatial thematics, studying these spatial features in relation to the problems of late modernity.

About the authors

Kristina Malmio is University Lecturer, Adjunct Professor in Nordic Literature at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and leader of the research project “Late Modern Spatiality in Finland-Swedish Prose Literature.”

Kaisa Kurikka is Researcher and Adjunct Professor in the School of History, Culture, and Arts Studies at the University of Turku, Finland. She has a doctorate in Finnish Literature.


Contemporary Nordic Literature and Spatiality makes a valuable contribution to spatial literary studies. As globalization and online interconnection have tied us closer together while at the same time compounding divisions, it is urgent to understand the changing relationships of space and culture. This volume brings together critical readings of a variety of spatial theories with provocative arguments about space in Nordic literary culture, especially Finnish and Swedish. Kristina Malmio and Kaisa Kurikka, and the writers they bring together in Contemporary Nordic Literature and Spatiality, further establish spatial literary studies as a central issue in Nordic literary and cultural studies. The book will be a must-read study for anyone interested in literature and space, and in the literature of the Nordic countries.” (Andrew Nestingen, Professor of Scandinavian Studies, University of Washington, USA)


Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction: Storied Spaces of Contemporary Nordic Literature

    Pages 1-22

    Malmio, Kristina (et al.)

  • On the Commons: A Geocritical Reading of Amager Fælled

    Pages 25-53

    Friis, Elisabeth

  • Mapping a Postmodern Dystopia: Hassan Loo Sattarvandi’s Construction of a Swedish Suburb

    Pages 55-78

    Sarrimo, Cristine

  • Living Side by Side in an Individualized Society: Home, Place, and Social Relations in Late Modern Swedish-Language Picturebooks

    Pages 79-100

    Hermansson, Kristina

  • Love, Longing, and the Smartphone: Lena Andersson, Vigdis Hjorth, and Hanne Ørstavik

    Pages 103-120

    Refsum, Christian

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contemporary Nordic Literature and Spatiality
  • Kristina Malmio
  • Kaisa Kurikka
Series Title
Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies
Palgrave Macmillan
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XVII, 307
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations

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