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Revenge of the Trolls: Norwegian (Post) Colonial Gothic
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages. (Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3293-6324
2017 (English)In: Edda. Nordisk tidsskrift for litteraturforskning, ISSN 0013-0818, E-ISSN 1500-1989, Vol. 117, no 2, 115-129 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Recent studies by Naum and Nordin, Fur, and Keskinen et al. suggest that the Nordic nations participated in the pan-European colonial project of the nineteenth century and that they also pursued an internal colonial project through the invasion of Sápmi. This realisation constitutes a vantage point from which Nordic culture can be revisited and re-examined as (post)colonial. With this in mind, the article examines how the Norwegian films Troll Hunter (2010) and Thale (2012) engage with the repressed history of Nordic colonialism. Like many other Gothic films that discuss colonial matters, they are ambivalent, concurrently supporting and disturbing the imperial notions that they bring to the surface. Particular attention is devoted to how the films situate modernity in relation to a metaphorical indigeneity that they imagine as both attractive and abject, and to how they visualize categories of gender and race in relation to this indigeneity.

Abstract [sv]

Nya studier av Naum och Nordin, Fur, och Keskinen et al. visar att de nordiska nationerna aktivt deltog i det pan-Europeiska koloniala projektet under artonhundratalet, och att de även utförde interna koloniala projekt genom invasionen och koloniseringen Sápmi. Denna insikt är en utgångpunkt för nya undersökningar av den nordiska kulturen som (post)kolonial. Med detta i åtanke studerar denna artikel hur de norska filmerna Trolljegeren (2010) och Thale (2012) tar sig an den nordiska kolonialismens undertryckta historia. Liksom många andra gotiska filmer som diskuterar det koloniala, är dessa filmer ambivalenta och både stöder och oroar de imperialistiska förtecken de lyfter fram i ljuset. Särskild vikt läggs vid hur filmerna positionerar modernitet i relation till en metaforisk ursprunglighet som de beskriver som samtidigt attraktiv och frånstötande, och hur de visualiserar genus och ras i förhållande till denna ursprunglighet.

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2017. Vol. 117, no 2, 115-129 p.
Keyword [en]
Gothic Film, Postcolonialism, Imperialism, Nordic Culture, Norwegian Film
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Studies on Film Specific Literatures
Research subject
Humanities, Film Studies; Humanities, History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-64477DOI: 10.18261/issn.1500-1989-2017-02-03OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-64477DiVA: diva2:1102683
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Nordic Colonialism
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Swedish Research Council, 2010-1659
Available from: 2017-05-30 Created: 2017-05-30 Last updated: 2017-06-14Bibliographically approved

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