Murder Under the Midnight Sun: A Mystery Tour of Scandinavia

The mystery genre had an established place in Scandinavian literature long before Lisbeth Salandar captured the imagination of an international audience. Our first and our final novel will introduce two of her counterparts, an earlier Smilla Jaspersen in Denmark and Gunnhildur, a more recent “Gunna” in Iceland. With these as bookends, we shall meet Harry Hole in Norway, Kurt Wallander in Sweden, and Kimmo Joenta in Finland. Even as their natures are distinct and their investigations diverse, still there remain the ever-present overtones of Scandinavian culture.

Instructor: Andrew de Rocco

Five Thursdays: 7 - 8:30pm
September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4

Andrew de Rocco

Andrew De Rocco

has been dean of the faculty at Trinity  College, president of Denison University, and Connecticut’s commissioner of higher education. Previously the Institute Professor of Molecular Physics at the University of Maryland, he earned graduate degrees from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan. A long-standing interest in the mystery genre was sparked by a childhood encounter with the relentless logic of Sherlock Holmes.