Updated: 5/27/11

SCAND 315/EURO 315

Scandinavian Crime Fiction

Spring 2011

Prof. Andrew Nestingen
Office: Raitt Hall 305P
Office Hours: W. 9:30-10:20, Th. 9:30-10:20       
Email: akn@u.washington.edu

 

Purpose of Webpage

 

The webpage outlines the course schedule, furnishes links for nlecture otes, and provides announcements, changes, and other links related to the course. Notes will be posted by Monday at 2 PM each week. You’ll be able to determine that the notes and questions are in place by the color of the link: blue indicates they're in place, black they're not.

 

Course Syllabus: Download a PDF file of the course syllabus here--be sure to bring your copy to class on the first day.

 

Course Announcements

 

I. METHODS

 

Week 1            Methods of Investigation

T.

3/29

Course Introduction

Lecture: A Brief History of the Crime Novel

Keywords: genre, semantics, syntax

 W.  3/30  Lecture: What is Scandinavian Crime Fiction?

Read: Chandler, “The Simple Art of Murder”

Keywords: whodunit, hardboiled, police procedural

 Th. 3/31  Read: Todorov, “Typology of Detective Fiction”
 F. 4/1   Read: Sigurdardottir, Last Rituals, 1-45, Keywords: Iceland, Plot

 

 

II. THE PERPETRATOR

 

Week 2           Who is the Criminal?     

T.

4/5

 Read: Sigurdardottir, Last Rituals, 146-118; Keyword: Criminal

W.

 4/6

 Read: Sigurdardottir, Last Rituals,  119-186; Keywords: Gender

 Th.  4/7  Read: Sigurdardottir, Last Rituals,  187-314; Keyword: Gothic
 F.  4/8  Q&A with author Yrsa Sigurdardottir; Read: Fossum, The Indian Bride, 1-62

 

 

Week 3           Who Bears the Guilt?

T.

4/12

 Read: Fossum, The Indian Bride, 63-159; Keyword: Norway

W.

4/13

 Read: Fossum, The Indian Bride, 160-241; Keywords: Victim, guilt

 Th.  4/14

Read: Fossum, The Indian Bride, 242-310

Mid-Term Review

 F.  4/15  Mid-Term Exam

 

 

III. THE INVESTIGATOR

 

Week 4        The Suffering Investigator   

T.

4/19

 Read Høeg, Smilla’s Sense of Snow, 1-9; Keywords: Denmark

W.

4/20

 Read Høeg, Smilla’s Sense of Snow, 96-167; Keyword: Investigator

 Th.  4/21  Read Høeg, Smilla’s Sense of Snow, 168-245; Keyword: Socially critical crime novel
 F.  4/22  Read Høeg, Smilla’s Sense of Snow, 246-330; Keywords: Colonialism, exploitation

 

 

Week 5            The Melodramatic Investigator 

T.

4/26

 Read Høeg, Smilla’s Sense of Snow, 331-411; Keyword: Thriller

W.

4/27

 Read Høeg, Smilla’s Sense of Snow, 412-462
 Th.  4/28  Screening: Wallander, One Step Behind (PBS, 2009)
 F.  4/29  Screening: Wallander, One Step Behind (PBS, 2009)

Participation Assessment #1 Due by 5pm

 

 

Week 6    The Vengeful Investigator 

5/3

Tu

Read Larsson, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, 1-106

Keyword: Body

5/4

W

Read Larsson, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, 107-201

Keyword: Melodrama

5/5

Th

Read Larsson, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, 202-294

Keyword: History

5/6

F

Read Larsson, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, 295-382

 

IV.  PLACE

 

Week 7    The Political City 

5/10

Tu

Read Larsson, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, 382-483

Keyword: Setting

5/11

W

Read Larsson, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, 484-590

5/12

Th

Discussion: Sjöwall, Wahlöö and the Welfare State

Keywords: Welfare state, social democracy, Sweden

5/13

F

Read Sjöwall and Wahlöö, The Terrorists, 1-43

 

 

Week 8    The Corrupt City

5/17

Tu

Read Sjöwall and Wahlöö, The Terrorists, 44-100

Keyword: Realism

5/18

W

Discuss Writing #1

Screening: Lone Wolves and Dragon Tattoos (PBS, 2011)

5/19

Th

Screening: Lone Wolves and Dragon Tattoos (PBS, 2011)

5/20

F

Screening: Lone Wolves and Dragon Tattoos (PBS, 2011)

 

 

 

Week 9    East and West 

5/24

Tu

Read Sjöwall and Wahlöö, The Terrorists, 100-280

5/25

W

Discussion: The Terrorists

5/26

Th

Read, Mankell, The Man from Beijing, 1-51

5/27

F

Read, Mankell, The Man from Beijing, 52-125

Final-Paper Writing Assignment

 

 

Week 10   Globalization

5/31

Tu

Read, Mankell, The Man from Beijing, 126-299

Keyword: Globalization

6/1

W

Read, Mankell, The Man from Beijing, 300-371

Keyword: Orientalism

6/2

Th

Read, Mankell, The Man from Beijing, 372-454

6/3

F

Discussion of Final papers

Course Evaluation

Participation Assessment #2 Due by 5pm on Friday 6/3

 

Final Papers Due in Catalyst Dropbox by 5 PM on Tuesday, June 7th.