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Ecology as pre-text ?: The paradoxical presence of ecological thematics in contemporary Scandinavian quality TV
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Film and Literature.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2685-9510
2018 (English)In: Journal of Aesthetics and Culture, ISSN 2000-4214, E-ISSN 2000-4214, Vol. 10, no 2, p. 66-73Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Scandinavian middle classes have been trained in feeling guilty and shameful about their social and economical privileges as well as these privileges in combinations with gender and/ or ethnicity. But "eco-guilt" or "eco-shame" has hardly been represented properly in cinema and TV series to this day. In this article, I want to offer a kind of prediction, rather than a description, of what may be an upcoming major theme in Scandinavian visual narratives: eco-guilt and eco-shame. I see signs of this in the recent TV series Jordskott from Sweden, the Norwegian Okkupert and the Danish Bedrag, but my point will be that the ecological issues here are used as a useful background or a dramaturgical starting point rather than as a major theme: as pretexts, in the double sense of the word. The use of ecology as pretext in Scandinavian TV series will be the subject of this article where I intend to focus on the way that the question of eco-guilt seems to be an alluring and tempting as well as repressed thematic, a fact that can be read out of the three series' paradoxical opening sequences.

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Taylor & Francis, 2018. Vol. 10, no 2, p. 66-73
Keywords [en]
Climate change, TV series, opening sequence, Scandinavian quality TV
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Studies on Film
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Humanities, Film Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-79520DOI: 10.1080/20004214.2018.1438729ISI: 000438128300008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85049665404OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-79520DiVA, id: diva2:1278902
Available from: 2019-01-15 Created: 2019-01-15 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved

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