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From trauma to heroism: Cultural memory and remembrance in Norwegian occupation dramas, 1946–2009

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This article analyses Norwegian occupation dramas from 1946 to 2009. Tracing the history of the genre, it highlights ways in which the uses, interpretations and representations of war experiences have shifted from a focus on trauma to a cult of heroism. This discussion of a distinct genre in Norwegian cinema is linked to theories of communicative and cultural memory that are used to explain changes in the representation of the war years.

Keywords: Norwegian cinema; Norwegian war films; cultural memory and fiction film; genre cinema; occupation dramas; representation of World War II

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: NTNU, Trondheim

Publication date: November 19, 2012

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