Shades of Blue in Norwegian Climate Fiction: Environmental Lunchtime Discussion

Why is climate fiction so blue, and what is it good for? We have invited Sissel Furuseth to talk about how anthropogenic climate change is orchestrated in contemporary Norwegian fiction.

A collage of different books on climate fiction written by norwegian authors

For obvious reasons, water is an important ingredient in Nordic climate fiction, acting as melting ice, floods and torrential rain, which may explain why so many climate change books are covered in different shades of blue. However, Norwegian climate fiction has been blamed for being blue also in another sense, as melancholic and gloomy. Is this a fair depiction if we take into consideration popular writers such as Maja Lunde and Gert Nygårdshaug? How does “the blues” of Norwegian climate fiction work and affect readers?"

Sissel Furuseth is Professor of Nordic Literature at the University of Oslo and part of the OSEH working group. 

About the event

The OSEH Environmental Lunchtime Discussion series consists of short, 10-15 minute presentations by invited guests, followed by a discussion. We will invite speakers from a wide variety of fields, both academic and beyond. The presentations are accessible and are aimed at anyone with an interest in environmental issues. All are welcome, please feel free to bring your own lunch. Coffee will be served.

Tags: Environmental Humanities, HF, IKOS, OSEH, Climate Change, Environment, Cli-Fi, Ecocriticism, Nordic literature
Published Aug. 21, 2019 10:56 AM - Last modified Aug. 21, 2019 2:09 PM