Harstad Memorial Lecture 2019

“Imagining the North - Comics and Graphic Novels in the Nordic Countries” by Dr. Rikke Cortsen. 

The Nordic countries has a long tradition of comics strips originating with Tove Jansson’s Moomin series and Oscar Jakobsson’s Adamsson [Silent Sam], but recently the field has broadened and the region is showcasing a wide variety of different genres, formats and styles from Swedish manga to Danish migration graphic novel, Norwegian art comics and Finnish experimental comics. This talk provides an overview of the trends in contemporary Nordic comics and harkens back throughout the history of the medium in this part of the world. With comics going global, this presentation tries to answer the questions: Is there a uniquely Nordic comics tradition, and if so, how does it look? The American comics genre par excellence is the superhero, and we will end our tour with a look at the comparative superheroes of the North.

Dr. Rikke Platz Cortsen is Danish lecturer at University of Texas, Austin where she teaches Danish language and culture including courses on Hans Christian Andersen, Northern European Comics, Contemporary Scandinavian Stories and Copenhagen as a City of Culture. She got her PhD from the University of Copenhagen with a thesis on time and space in comics. She researches space and place in comics in the Nordic countries and her latest peer reviewed publication is “Kverneland and Fiske in the Footsteps of Great Artists:  Re-tracing as a Tool for Artist Biographies in comics form” in ImageText Volume 10, Issue 3 about the ways in which these two Norwegian comics creators tell the biographies of well-known artists.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Scandinavian Cultural Center, 100
Pacific Lutheran University - Anderson University Center: 12180 Park Ave S, Parkland , WA 98447