Detecting Detective Novels
Detective Novels in Scandinavia – that’s the name of the course I almost signed up to take this coming fall, when I will be studying abroad in Denmark. Through an interesting New York Times article I read (http://nymag.com/arts/books/features/scandinavian-crime-fiction-guide-2011-5/) I just found out that Scandinavian detective novels are the next big thing, so I’m really regretting my decision not to take the course.
I’ve been trying to immerse myself in Danish and Scandinavian culture by watching Danish films and reading Danish novels, and now it seems that I have a lot of catching up to do. The Quiet Girl by Dane Peter Høeg and Last Rituals by Icelandic author Yrsa Sigurðardóttirare now on my reading list for the summer, and they should be on yours too!
Incidentally, Continuum is coming out with a book called Detecting Detection: International Perspectives on the Uses of a Plot in March 2012, so once we all brush up on our Scandinavian detective novels we’ll be very ready to critically engage this text.
I’m still bummed about missing out on that class. Maybe I will sneak in.
– The Intern