Exploring NORDIC COOL in Literary History

| University of Gothenburg
| Aalborg University
ISBN 9789027207890 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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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 aims at challenging all-too-recognisable narratives and to bring the important knowledge potential of literary historical research to the fore.
[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.
Gunilla Hermansson and Jens Lohfert Jørgensen
Part I. Cool explorers
Travels in the cold zone
Henning Howlid Wærp
Nordic polar heroes: The critical potential of literary history
Lars Handesten
Serious playfulness?: Philippe Guicheteau’s Sunday letters from Finland
Heidi Grönstrand
Part II. Cool nature
The cultural memory of circumpolar survival
Sissel Furuseth
At home in the wilderness: Gunnar Gunnarsson’s Advent
Jón Yngvi Jóhannsson
Weather as human space in Harald Voetmann’s Alt under månen
Dan Ringgaard
Part III. Decolonising cool
Deco(o)lonising white femininity?: Of goddesses and silkworms in Karin Boye’s Astarte
Therese Svensson
Indigenous cool: Performativity and place-making in sami literature, art and music
Anne Heith
The coolness of Nordic science in Fin-de-Siècle Latin-American literary imagination
Andrea Castro
Part IV. Erotic cool
Erotic reason and female desire in Maria Jotuni and Elin Wägner
Katarina Leppänen and Kukku Melkas
Cool love and economics in Herman Bang’s Stuk
Signe Leth Gammelgaard
Part V. Branding cool
The sublime North: Iceland as an artistic discourse originating in the nineteenth century
Sveinn Yngvi Egilsson
The attraction of Nordic freshness: Melancholy, eroticism, and health in “Vårvindar friska”
Gunilla Hermansson
Rebranding “the North”: Swedish novelist Fredrika Bremer’s sudden American success in the 1840s
Åsa Arping
Part VI. Heroic cool
Standing cool against sword, spears and suffering
Per Thomas Andersen
Cool apathy: Approaches to the emotional life of Leonora Christina’s Jammers Minde
Jens Lohfert Jørgensen
Queen Christina’s coolness
Carin Franzén
Part VII. Cool aesthetics
Who can write sensible books in weather like this?: Carl August Thielo as experimental eighteenth-century novelist
Simona Zetterberg Gjerlevsen
Passionately cool: Concrete poetry in Denmark
Tania Ørum
Digital astro-evolution and ecological thinking in Johannes Heldén’s Astroecology
Hans Kristian S. Rustad
BIC Subject: DSB – Literary studies: general
BISAC Subject: LIT004250 – LITERARY CRITICISM / European / Scandinavian