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Miettunen, KM., Jalonen, J. (2022). Light and Darkness: Transmediality in the New Provincial Self-Identification and Construction of the Finnish North. In: Alarauhio, JP., Räisänen, T., Toikkanen, J., Tumelius, R. (eds) Shaping the North Through Multimodal and Intermedial Interaction. Arctic Encounters. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Light and darkness : transmediality in recent self-identification and construction of the Finnish North

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Author: Miettunen, Katja-Maria1; Jalonen, Jussi2
Organizations: 1Tampere, Finland
2University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2022
Publish Date: 2024-05-31


This chapter focuses on transmedial portrayals of Northern Finland and Lapland in the period following the Depression of the 1990s, comparing it with earlier post-war nostalgic and naturalist narratives. Images of the North have featured heavily in Finnish cinema, literature, and music. The North has remained as the “last frontier,” and a resurgence of Northern themes has been visible.

This article explores provincial portrayals by authors born in the North, portraying the North on its own terms, underlining a sense of provincial exceptionalism. The examples include Jari Tervo’s novels, the lyrics and poetry of rock artist A. W. Yrjänä, and Miia Tervo’s romantic comedy Aurora. Their themes are familiar from earlier narratives; rough life, eccentric characters, social marginalization, and perceived other-worldliness of Northern nature. This perceived exceptionalism of the North has been upheld in a popularized, transmedial process from the 1990s to this day, contributing to a vivid provincial identity.

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Series: Arctic encounters
ISSN: 2730-6488
ISSN-E: 2730-6496
ISSN-L: 2730-6488
ISBN: 978-3-030-99104-3
ISBN Print: 978-3-030-99103-6
Pages: 167 - 185
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-99104-3_8
Host publication: Shaping the north through multimodal and intermedial interaction
Host publication editor: Alarauhio, Juha-Pekka
Räisänen, Tiina
Toikkanen, Jarkko
Tumelius, Riikka
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 518 Media and communications
6122 Literature studies
616 Other humanities
Copyright information: © 2022 The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG. This version of the article has been accepted for publication, after peer review (when applicable) but is not the Version of Record and does not reflect post-acceptance improvements, or any corrections. The Version of Record is available online at: Use of this Accepted Version is subject to the publisher’s Accepted Manuscript terms of use