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Spirituality and Nordic Noir Crime Fiction
- Course Dates: Tue 31 March, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Using material from the Nordic Noir crime fiction genre, we explore three themes of spiritual and religious interest.
Nordic Noir has achieved a major place in popular fiction, through books, TV series and films. As well as its qualities as whodunits and glimpses into the different-but-accessible Scandinavian world, it has been committed to interrogating aspects of Nordic and increasingly world society. Nordic environmentalism is both reflected and challenged in Scandi-crime narratives, questioning the impact of globalisation and corporatism and exploring the ambiguity of ecological policies and practices and the embeddedness of us all in the mesh of ecological threat, and but also finding echoes in both Old Norse mythology and contemporary Scandinavian creation theology.
Focusing on the Danish tv series ‘Ride Upon the Storm’, which is centred on a family of priests, we reflect on some of the challenges of ministry and indeed of being Church in contemporary society – moving beyond patriarchal priesthood, morality in a engagement in war, inter-faith relations and cultural integration, geopolitics and church politics –universal issues played out in a clergy family!
All are liars’ (Psalm 116.11) – Trust is a Big Thing in Scandinavia! It’s the foundation of social cohesion, civil society, mutual care, being human together. Nordic Noir’s stories of corruption and inhumanity may seem to present an alternative narrative, but does it too serve the narrative of a good society?