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Nordic Nostalgia

15 credits

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What do gruesome murders in Stockholm, multicultural love affairs in Oslo, erotic adventures in Swedish summers, Finnish tango and Moomin dad turning into a lighthouse keeper have in common? They are part of reading Nordic cultural history through the theoretical and methodological lens of nostalgia. This course introduces you to general concepts and histories of nostalgia and how Nordic culture, mostly cinema, music and literature in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, can be approached and analyzed utilizing nostalgia as a historicizing and aesthetical concept. This course is structured chronologically around certain nostalgic themes starting out with nostalgia and modernity (modernism) and ending up in contemporary nostalgic discussions of climate change and the Anthropocene.


Roughly 15 minutes with a bike from the city centre, you will find Linnaeus University’s campus. It is like a small society with the university, student accommodation, and student life. Here you become part of a creative knowledge environment.

What will you come across on an excursion in Växjö – the city of contrasts? You will find good restaurants, a celebrated hockey team, and cozy cafés where you can enjoy a latte with lingonberry flavour. In Växjö, beautiful nature is always just around the corner; the city is surrounded by lakes and forests. Students like the combination of the city centre and the active student life on campus. Your dream of the future starts here!

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