Exploring NORDIC COOL in Literary History

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| University of Gothenburg
| Aalborg University
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How did Nordic culture become associated with the fuzzy brand “cool”, as by default? In Exploring NORDIC COOL in Literary History twenty-one scholars in collaboration question the seemingly natural fit between “Nordic” and “Cool” by investigating its variegated trajectories through literary history, from medieval legends to digital poetry. At the same time, the elasticity and polysemy of the word “cool” become a means to explore Nordic literary history afresh. It opens up a rich diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches within a regional framework and reveals hitherto unseen links between familiar and less familiar tracks and sites. Following diverse paths of “Nordic cool” in respect to – among other things – nature, survival, love, whiteness, style, economics, heroism and colonialism, this book challenges all-too-recognisable narratives, and underlines the sheer knowledge potential of literary historical research.
[FILLM Studies in Languages and Literatures, 15]  Expected November 2020.  xvii, 335 pp. + index
Publishing status: In production
Table of Contents
This is a provisional table of contents, and subject to changes.
Introduction
Gunilla Hermansson and Jens Lohfert Jørgensen
2–18
Part I. Cool explorers
22–64
Travels in the cold zone
Henning Howlid Wærp
22–36
Nordic polar heroes: The critical potential of literary history
Lars Handesten
38–52
Serious playfulness?: Philippe Guicheteau’s Sunday letters from Finland
Heidi Grönstrand
54–64
Part II. Cool nature
68–109
The cultural memory of circumpolar survival
Sissel Furuseth
68–80
At home in the wilderness: Gunnar Gunnarsson’s Advent
Jón Yngvi Jóhannsson
82–95
Weather as human space in Harald Voetmann’s Alt under månen
Dan Ringgaard
98–109
Part III. Decolonising cool
114–157
Deco(o)lonising white femininity?: Of goddesses and silkworms in Karin Boye’s Astarte
Therese Svensson
114–125
Indigenous cool: Performativity and place-making in Sami literature, art and music
Anne Heith
128–141
The coolness of Nordic science in fin de siècle Latin-American literary imagination
Andrea Castro
144–157
Part IV. Erotic cool
162–188
Erotic reason and female desire in Maria Jotuni and Elin Wägner
Katarina Leppänen and Kukku Melkas
162–173
Cool love and economics in Herman Bang’s Stuk
Signe Leth Gammelgaard
176–188
Part V. Branding cool
192–237
The sublime North: Iceland as an artistic discourse originating in the nineteenth century
Sveinn Yngvi Egilsson
192–204
The attraction of Nordic freshness: Melancholy, eroticism, and health in “Vårvindar friska”
Gunilla Hermansson
206–221
Rebranding “the North”: Swedish novelist Fredrika Bremer’s sudden American success in the 1840s
Åsa Arping
224–237
Part VI. Heroic cool
242–283
Standing cool against sword, spears and suffering
Per Thomas Andersen
242–253
Cool apathy: Approaches to the emotional life of Leonora Christina’s Jammers Minde
Jens Lohfert Jørgensen
256–268
Queen Christina’s coolness
Carin Franzén
270–283
Part VII. Cool aesthetics
288–335
Who can write sensible books in weather like this?: Carl August Thielo as experimental eighteenth-century novelist
Simona Zetterberg Gjerlevsen
288–302
Passionately cool: Concrete poetry in Denmark
Tania Ørum
304–318
Digital astro-evolution and ecological thinking in Johannes Heldén’s Astroecology
Hans Kristian S. Rustad
320–335
Series editor’s preface
Contributors
xiv–xvi
List of illustrations
xvii–xviii
Acknowledgements
xix
Index
337
Subjects
BIC Subject: DSB – Literary studies: general
BISAC Subject: LIT004250 – LITERARY CRITICISM / European / Scandinavian