CFP: Nordic Crime Fiction (7/1/07; collection)

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Andrew Nestingen
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The editors of a volume of scholarly articles entitled CRIMINAL
SCANDINAVA: NORDIC CRIME FICTION call for proposals or complete
articles on aspects of the crime novel in any of the Nordic
countries or region: its history, significant themes in the Nordic
crime novel, and salient authors in the tradition.

During the 1990s and 2000s, writers like Leif Davidsen, Karin Fossum,
Anne Holt, Arnaldur Indriðason, Matti Joensuu, Michael Larsen, Leena
Lehtolainen, Henning Mankell, Liza Marklund, and Håkan Nesser sold
tens of millions of crime novels at home and abroad, making the
Nordic crime novel a highly prominent cultural form throughout
Western Europe and the Americas. Many of these authors have written
socially critical crime novels, texts that are at once compelling
literature and politically challenging. The novels of this new
generation of writers have raised questions about gender, sexuality,
multiculturalism, the environment, political conflict, and organized
crime in the new Europe. They have also drawn on earlier
predecessors' work, from Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö to Sven Elvestad
(Stein Riverton). What is the history, or histories, of the boom in
Nordic crime fiction? How have Scandinavian crime novels revised
crime genres, and to what end? Which authors or novels deserve
special attention, and for what reasons?

CRIMINAL SCANDINAVIA is intended for an audience with some knowledge
of the Scandinavian nation-states and scholarly interest in popular
culture, literature, and crime fiction. As the first scholarly
treatment of the Nordic crime novel, the book will serve as an
introduction, brief history, and map for further inquiry. Articles
included will be scholarly, they will use concrete, rich examples,
they will use concise definition of terms, and elaborate comparisons
that make their discussions accessible to a readership ranging from
upper-level undergraduate students to professional researchers in the
humanities. Theoretical discussions are welcome, but they must be
jargon free and accessible to the intended audience.

Abstracts or full articles must be received by 1 July 2007. Authors
will be notified about article acceptance by 1 September 2007. Final
articles will be due no later than 1 April 2008. Authors must follow
the CHICAGO MANUAL OF STYLE (15th Ed.) "Humanities style (Ch. 15)" in
preparing their article and its notes, citations, and bibliography.
Queries and proposals should be sent to Andrew Nestingen
( and Paula Arvas (
Upon request, the editors will send a memo with further information
about CRIMINAL SCANDINAVIA to prospective authors.

We encourage prospective authors to submit their proposal to the
editors in English, but we will accept proposals and articles in any
of the Nordic languages, provided the author makes arrangements for
translation of their article into English for final submission.

Andrew Nestingen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Washington
Dept. of Scandinavian Studies
Box 353420
Seattle, WA 98195-3420
Tel. + 206 543 0643
Fax. + 206 685 9173

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