291 Works

Globale fortællinger i den skandinaviske krimi

Gunhild Agger
Gunhild Agger's Global Tales in Scandinavian Crime Fiction - Myths, History, Christianity and Moral Philosophy presents us with some of the reasons behind the Scandinavian crime fiction success at home and globally. One of the best known reasons is that crime fictions contain a critique of liberalism and capitalism that show the downside of this ideology and this system. However, Agger claims that there are other important reasons that can help explain the worldwide success...


Bent Sørensen
This article examines some aspects of the phenomenon of popular fiction, using the terminology proposed by Pierre Bourdieu in his works on distinction and cultural production, including ‘position taking,’ ‘field,’ and ‘capital(s).’ After the theoretical groundwork is laid, the second half of the article analyzes specifically the case of popular postmodern author Paul Auster, with regards to the role of genre and dual readership/reading protocol inscribed in his fictions, the mechanisms of gatekeeping, consecration and...

Seize the moment!

Christel Tarber
Using the methodology of conversation analysis, this study focuses on patients’ disclosures of psychosocial problems during moments of suspended interaction, i.e. when the doctor is otherwise engaged. Contrary to most activities in the medical encounter, these disclosures are initiated by patients themselves. However, they are placed and designed so as not to require the doctor to respond, but rather to minimise the imposition on the doctor. Uptake, therefore, is not guaranteed. The placement of such...

Porous Borders

Anna Estera Mrozewicz
In Scandinavian crime fiction, an implicit dynamics is noticeable between the adjacent worlds: Scandinavia and ‘Eastern Europe’. The author of the article approaches their relation using the two interrelated concepts of border and boundary (Casey, 2011). While borders are fixed and established by conventional agreements, boundaries are natural, perforated, and undermine the impenetrability of the border. Accordingly, two main strands are discernible within the representations of ‘Eastern Europe’ in Scandinavian crime fiction: a ‘border perspective’...

Drinking coffee at the workplace

Charlotte Wegener, Ninna Meier & Karen Ingerslev
Work and leisure are commonly viewed as two distinct activities. The blurred and dynamic boundaries between work and leisure are present in many peoples’ everyday life, as well as in studies of boundaryless work and work-life balance. In this paper we examine the problems of rigid categorizations. Studying breaks at work may provide important information about human behaviour and organizational life, information we may partly overlook if we categorize them simply as non-work. Categories are...

The Concept of the Gentleman

Jørgen Riber Christensen
The ideal of the gentleman has been globally reborn in PSY’s colossal YouTube hit “Gentleman M V”. This video thematizes the concept of the gentleman, but it is also a reformulation of gentlemanly behaviour. The article analyses the ideal of the gentleman in the light of its gender aspects and its class connotations. The hypothesis of the article is that the insecure status of masculine identity in an age of post-second-generation feminism demands the seemingly...

Genre transgression in interactive works

Claus A. Foss Rosenstand
A similar formalist interest governs Claus A. Foss Rosenstand'sarticle Genre Transgression in Interactive Works, where Rosenstand argues for the genre transgression of interactive works as creating what he refers to as the simulative genre, characterized by the transformation of the communicator into a simulator, thus creating a framework for analysing any interactive text.

The Romantic Walk and Beyond

Jørgen Riber Christensen, Jens Kirk & Dominic Rainsford
The article will address the cultural history of walking, and it will critically discuss the creative potentials of walking as it argues that the Romantic walk is not the only feature of this. Here the Situationist concept and method of the dérive with its urban settings will supplement the Romantic walk, and various cases of both are included in the article, just as psychogeography, geocriticism and literary samples of these movements illustrate the cognitive synergy...

Det spadserende i 2010ernes Berlin-litteratur

Jan T. Schlosser
Two contemporary German books – Hanns Zischler‘s Berlin ist zu groß für Berlin (2013) and Tanja Dückers‘ Mein altes West-Berlin (2016) – express the criticism that inhabitants of big cities have stopped walking. The main subject in these texts is the walk in Berlin without having a specific purpose. The big city Berlin is considered a space of formation that should be ‘read’ to disclose history. The article examines if Zischler’s and Dückers’ walk is...

Walking in Two Directions at Once

Benjamin Schaefer
Walking constitutes a fundamental method for traversing virtual environments, i.e. pressing buttons as an abstracted way to move around such as in videogames. With the second advent of virtual reality devices, virtual walking has gained traction and is gradually becoming a more embodied experience. The ability of virtual reality hardware systems to rudimentarily track the human body allows us to explore a virtual space by physically walking through it. Room-Scaling creates a direct mapping between...

From Wander to Wonder

Martin P. Rossouw
This essay considers the prominent role of acts and gestures of walking – a persistent, though critically neglected motif – in Terrence Malick’s cinema. In recognition of many intimate connections between walking and contemplation, I argue that Malick’s particular staging of walking characters, always in harmony with the camera’s own “walks”, comprises a key source for the “contemplative” effects that especially philosophical commentators like to attribute to his style. Achieving such effects, however, requires that...

The Poiesis of Charles Dickens’s Night Walks

Jørgen Riber Christensen
The case of the article is six of Charles Dickens’ articles based on his walks in London. The theoretical approach of the article is Heidegger’s conception of poiesis, in particular his central concept Geschehnis der Wahrheit (unconcealment of truth), which is regarded as a notable element of Dickens’ wish for social reform and his societal critique. This has the context of Dickens’ work as a reporter and editor of his periodicals Household Words and All...

Parodies of Christian Wandering in Luis Buñuel’s Films

Lars Nowak
This essay investigates parodic profanations of Christian peregrination in three films by Luis Buñuel: Nazarín (1959), Simón del desierto (1965), and La Voie lactée (1969). Proceeding from Jesus Christ, Simeon the stylite, and Santiago de Compostela, these movies focus on two central figures of religious wandering, the itinerant preacher and the pilgrim, whose devout essence is subverted in manifold ways ranging from heresy and eroticism to social failure and homelessness. In this connection, walking is...

When loud Weather buffeted Naoshima

Jasmin Kathöfer
Walking isn’t just walking. A walk, especially if you don’t concentrate on seeing, stimulates the senses. When musician David Sylvian visited the Japanese island of Naoshima in winter 2006 to record sounds for his ambient track “When loud Weather buffeted Naoshima”, he had in mind that the listener should hear the song with an MP3 player during a slow walk around the island. The recorded sounds should mix with the sounds that are created while...

Chasing writers’ ghosts through a modern city

Evgenia Amey
The article employs the theme of a literary walk (Watson 2009), a practice of encountering places with literary associations on foot. Urban areas present especially suitable settings for such themed walks, as cities can have multiple literary connections, and literary places are located within a short distance from one another. In this paper, I focus on the sites associated with Tove Jansson (1914–2001), a Finnish-Swedish artist and writer, internationally known for her books about the...

Urban Walking – a Subversive Staged Experience?

Marie-Louise Nigg
On the one hand, for decades there has been a growing interest in urban walking as an authentic physical, creative or subversive spatial experience. On the other hand, cities as well as different walking practices are more and more staged, are part of mediatized, as well as market-oriented city scenarios or artistic image productions. Thus urban strolling appears increasingly to be a theatre- or film-like experience. The text discusses the ambivalence and complexity of today’s...

Vandringer i mørket

Rasmus Grøn
This article explores the visual experience of walking in darkness. Based primarily on phenomenological theories and analyses of walking and/or darkness, the topic is analyzed in relation to a guided night tour in a dark resort in Denmark. The tour is described as an experiential oscillation between moments of ‘antagonistic darkness’, blocking the human vision, and ‘symbiotic darkness’, opening up alternative visual perceptions of the world. These ways of looking are labeled as, respectively, distorted,...

First Steps from Walking in Snow to Cross-Country Skiing

Paul McIlvenny
This article investigates the ways in which a young child learns to sense and move through a transient environment while learning to walk on skis. Audiovisual recordings were made of a parent instructing a child on how to walk on snow and to start moving on skis. Focusing on social interaction, the article examines how snow is sensed and made salient in spatio-interactional practices of walking on snow for the purposes of learning to ski....

Mirrored journeys

Dolors Palau-Sampio
Travelling on foot still constitutes, in the midst of the twenty-first century, a fundamental moment in a great number of current migrants’ journeys, both across Africa and Central America, fleeing from miserable living conditions and violence. This article compares an in-depth narrative approach to the issue with the mainstream coverage of the Central American caravan by the end of 2018, in order to reflect on the invisibility and vulnerability of walking migrants. While the caravan...

The walking cure

Christian Jantzen, Marianne Lykke & Mette Skov
Experiences are seminal for human well-being. But experiencing is a complex phenomenon challenging standard methods of data collection. Firstly, experiencing is an inner process, which cannot be observed neither precisely nor in its totality from an external position. Observation studies therefore do not sufficiently account for this inner process. Secondly, experiences are dual: on the one hand, experiencing is bound to a stream of moments of sensing and perceptions, on the other hand experience is...

Northrop Frye on Leisure as Activity

Brian Russell Graham
This article argues that Frye’s theory of leisure as an activity (distinct from the leisure industry) represents an example of meliorist thought in relation to culture. Clarifying this view involves contrasting this conclusion about Frye with the Bourdieuian perspective, which makes up the content of the second main section. Before turning to social class, this article considers Frye’s discussion of leisure and boredom, and his overall view of the values, activities, historic struggles and class...

The Meek Inherit the Earth

James D. Stone
In The Meek Inherit the Earth: Celebrating the End of American Power in Mars Attacks!, James Stone suggests that Mars Attacks, besides celebrating the aesthetics of alien invasion films, differs from other alien invasion films in the sense that while most Hollywood movies belonging to this group demonstrate U.S. strength and ingenuity, Mars Attacks! goes against the grain by refusing the general pro-American tone and foregrounding America's weaknesses; the film mischievously hints that the fall...

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