Robert A. Saunders

Professor in the Department of History, Politics and Geography at Farmingdale State College-SUNY and a visiting researcher at the School of Communication and Culture - Media Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark. For more information click here.


Contributions to nordics.info

2019.02.28 | The Quick Read, Robert A. Saunders, Nordic Noír, Media, Culture

The smart phone in Nordic noir TV series

The mobile phone, and more specifically the ‘smart’ phone, has emerged as a key visual, dramaturgical and narrative element of Nordic noir television over the past decade. The smart phone represents an integral part of the crime-solving toolkit, whether its user is an obsessive police officer, a nosy reporter, a witness or a (potential) victim.

The Evangelic Church in Bonfeld. Roman Eisele / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

2019.02.11 | The Quick Read, Robert A. Saunders, Nordic Noír, Media, Culture

Cracks in Nordic noir TV series

Cracks work on multiple levels when screened in Nordic noir television series and are never incidental. Visually, the crack draws the viewer in, providing a space of darkness and potential danger. Metaphorically, it can symbolise a large suite of problems, including the disintegration of the welfare state.