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In Search of Nordic Noir

Kevin Plunkett presented ‘In Search of Nordic Noir’ at the Writers House on November 6, 2015.  

Over the last fifteen years, a constellation of novels, films, and television programs, branded as “Nordic Noir,” have achieved stunning popularity in Europe and America, propelling various Nordic nations into a position of key players in the ever evolving globalization of the film industry, and illustrating still yet another unique iteration in noir traditions dating back to the classic American film noir of the 1940s and early 50s. The “Nordic Noir” phenomenon, in terms of the influence both within and without the borders of individual Nordic countries, engenders a pop-cultural public space promoting collective debate over violence, transnational politics and international relations.

About associate professor of English Kevin Plunkett

Associate professor Kevin Plunkett, entering his 30th year as member of the English Department, specializes in 19th century American literature, New England poetry, and film studies. On sabbatical leave the 2014-15 academic year, he researched film archives and museums in Reykjavík, Paris and Copenhagen in developing a special topics course in world cinema. “In everything I teach, both literature and film, I am drawn to the most self-reflexive of artists, and art forms that blur the boundaries between writers and readers, divergent mediums and cultures.” 

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