Scandinavian C180: The Supernatural in Contemporary Nordic Culture

Instructor: Kimberly Ball

How might representations of the supernatural figure our relationship to the past? How do supernaturally monstrous beings make us think about what it means to be human? What does the supernatural element bring to detective fiction, coming-of-age stories, or social realism? With these questions in mind, this course will explore representations of the supernatural in 21st-century Nordic literature and film, as well as the beliefs, experiences, and attitudes vis-à-vis the supernatural in contemporary Nordic societies. All instruction, readings, and films in English/translation.