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Introduction to Nordic Cultures

Introduction to Nordic Cultures is an innovative, interdisciplinary introduction to Nordic history, cultures, and societies from medieval times to today. The textbook spans the whole Nordic region, covering historical periods from the Viking Age to modern society, and engages with a range of subjects: from runic inscriptions on iron rings and stone monuments, via eighteenth-century scientists, Ibsen’s dramas and turn-of-the-century travel, to twentieth-century health films and the welfare state, nature ideology, Greenlandic literature, Nordic Noir, migration, ‘new’ Scandinavians, and stereotypes of the Nordic. This book provides fundamental knowledge and insights into the history and structures of Nordic societies while constructing critical analyses around specific case studies that help build an informed picture of how societies grow and of the interplay between history, politics, culture, geography, and people.

244 pages | 17 color plates | 9 1/4 x 6 1/4

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Table of Contents

Editorial Introduction to Nordic Cultures, Annika Lindskog and Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen PART 1 IDENTITIES 1.Viking-Age Scandinavia: Identities, Communities and Kingdoms, Haki Antonsson 2. North: Territory and Narrated Nature, Annika Lindskog 3. Narrating Nations: Iceland and Finland in Texts, Haki Antonsson and Annika Lindskog 4. Modern Experiences, Elettra Carbone and Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen 5.The Nordic Welfare Model, Mary Hilson PART 2 TEXTS 6.The Trial of Bróka-Auðr: Invisible Bureaucracy in an Icelandic Saga, Richard Cole 7. Nora: The Life and Afterlife of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Elettra Carbone 8 Nordic Noir, Anne Grydehøj 9. North Atlantic Drift: Contemporary Greenlandic and Sami Literatures, Kristin Lorentsen and Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen 10. New Scandinavians, New Narratives, Anne Grydehøj PART 3 IMAGES 11 Nordic Nature: From Romantic Nationalism to the Anthropocene, Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen 12.Emigration and Scandinavian Identity, Mart Kuldkepp 13.Film and the Welfare State: Three Informational Films about Healthcare, C. Claire Thomson 14.Stereotypes in and of Scandinavia, Ellen Kythor Index

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