Narratives of Water: Changing Places and Contested Spaces in Swedish Literature

Wilson-Scott, Joanna (2018) Narratives of Water: Changing Places and Contested Spaces in Swedish Literature. In: Narratives of Place in Literature and Film. Taylor & Francis, London, pp. 216-229. ISBN 9781138499928

Full text not available from this repository.


This chapter focuses on the use of water and death in Swedish crime novels to represent change, including both ecological and sociological transitions. It looks at Mikael Niemi's Popular Music from Vittula in which water is personified in a manner that intricately connects it with Swedish society, fusing the people and the landscape as one. It explains how water can also be used to signify resistance to change, as in some instances death in Swedish crime fiction occurs in or around stagnant water, suggestive of a reticence in the face of cultural and social progression. Swedish crime novels provide the valuable opportunity to explore narratives of place, ones in which the settings of the texts enrich the work through an atmospheric and evocative portrayal of watery landscapes. The excerpts from Niemi's novel exemplify how water, under the influence of seasonal transformations, can metaphorically be used to represent cyclical changes, uniting the people who come to witness the event.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Film, Criticism and interpretation; Swedish literature
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1992-1992.92 Television Broadcasts
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2019 10:15
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:54

University Staff: Request a correction | Repository Editors: Update this record

University Of Gloucestershire

Bookmark and Share

Find Us On Social Media:

Social Media Icons Facebook Twitter Google+ YouTube Pinterest Linkedin

Other University Web Sites

University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH. Telephone +44 (0)844 8010001.