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Reinhard Hennig is associate professor of Nordic literature at the University of Agder.
Anna-Karin Jonasson is junior lecturer in the Department of Humanities at Mid Sweden University and PhD candidate at Åbo Akademi University.
Peter Degerman is senior lecturer of comparative literature, Mid Sweden University.
Introduction: Nordic Narratives of Nature and the Environment
Reinhard Hennig, Anna-Karin Jonasson, and Peter Degerman
Part I: Nordic Anthropocene Narratives
1. “The Safest Place on Earth”: Cultural Imaginaries of Safety in Scandinavia
Lauren E. LaFauci
2. Moving Mountains: Cinema, Deep Time, and Climate Change in Hanna Ljungh’s I am Mountain, to Measure Impermanence
Anna Sofia Rossholm
3. “Visionary Cartography”: The Aesthetic Mediation of the Anthropocene in Kaspar Colling Nielsen’s Mount Copenhagen
4. Nordic Nature on the Edge of the North Sea: Kjersti Vik’s Mandø
5. The Tale of The Great Deluge: Risto Isomäki’s The Sands of Sarasvati as Climate Fiction
Part II: Language, Aesthetics, and the Non-Human in Nordic Environments
6. Of Wildflowers and Butterflies: Interrogating Species Names in Norwegian Poetry from the National Romantic to the Anthropocene
7. From Anthropomorphism to Ecomorphism: Figurative Language in Tarjei Vesaas’ Fuglane and Stina Aronson’s Hitom himlen
Beatrice G. Reed
8. Botanics in Dystopian Environments: Human-Plant Encounters in Contemporary Finnish-language Dystopian Fiction
9. Interspecies Encounters – An Eco-Ethical Approach to Frida Nilsson’s Ishavspirater
Part III: Environmental Justice and the Postcolonial North
10. The Nature of Hunger: Karl August Tavaststjerna’s Hårda tider
11. Scandinavian Wilderness and Violence: Two Women Travelling in Sápmi 1907–1916
Kari Haarder Ekman
12. ‘Extractivism’ in Sápmi: Elegiac Ecojustice in Liselotte Wajstedt’s Film Kiruna Space Road and Marja Helander’s Silence Photographs
Cheryl J. Fish
Nordic Narratives of Nature and the Environment is the first collection of ecocritical research on northern European literatures written in the English language. . . . [it] is an intriguing and comprehensive collection that makes the complex field of Scandinavian ecocriticism accessible to an Anglophone audience. One can only hope that it will encourage further ecocritical research in Northern European literatures.
Nordic Narratives is a scintillating exploration of the Nordic countries’ green environmentalism, lands rich in fossil fuel funds yet nevertheless well-known for their quest to attain sustainable strategies in the snowy North. This beautifully conceived volume portrays a wide array of Scandinavian texts and films, demonstrating the complexity of the 'Postcolonial North' that celebrates its rugged landscapes while creating a culture in which agriculture is the norm so that the nomadic Sami—reindeer herders—are no longer able to access their once long-familiar routes across the land. The contributors provide essential and invaluable insights for ecocriticism and the environmental humanities with a well-needed and essential guide for views from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Greenland, and the Åland and Faroe Islands in the Anthropocene.
— Heather I. Sullivan, Trinity University
The still largely Anglophone focus of ecocritical research is greatly enriched by this collection of twelve diverse and insightful essays focusing on the literature and cinema of the North, ranging from the land of the indigenous Sámi people and the polar expanses of northern Norway, down to Denmark and across Finland and Sweden. While the public policy narrative of the Nordic countries vaunts a strong environmentalism, these twelve cultural analyses explore more nuanced messages that reveal the complexity of the Nordic response to nature and the crisis of the Anthropocene.
— Linda Rugg, University of California, Berkeley