Thanks to the popularity of author Stieg Larsson's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series and now the "Harry Hole" series by Jo Nesbø, the Nordic Noir genre has gained international readership.
Luther College Professor Emeritus of History Marv Slind will speak on "Nordic Noir: Scandinavian Crime Fiction," during the Luther Emeriti Colloquium 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in the Mott Room of Dahl Centennial Union on the Luther campus.
The presentation is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Nordic Noir emerged in the 1960s and 70s thanks to the "Martin Beck" series by Swedish authors Mai Sjöwall and Per Walöö. Henning Mankell, with his Kurt Wallander series, was the best-known Scandinavian crime fiction author prior to 2000, selling millions of copies globally. His novels were made into films in Sweden and the United Kingdom and were featured on "PBS Masterpiece Mysteries" in the United States. Thanks to more success experienced by Larsson and Nesbø, the genre has exploded, continuing the Nordic tradition while bringing critique of the Nordic social, economic and political systems.
Slind taught in Luther's history department from 2000-13, focusing on Scandinavian and modern European history. In addition, he led four J-term courses to Scandinavia and Ireland.
Slind received a Bachelor of Arts in history from Pacific Lutheran University, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in history from Washington State University. He was a Fulbright Scholar, studying at the Universität Heidelberg in Germany, and also studied at the University of Oslo International Summer School in Oslo, Norway. Prior to joining the faculty at Luther, he taught at Washington State University from 1977-2000.
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