The Impossibility of Isolation in Wallander

Steven Peacock

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This article considers perspectives of isolation as explored in the Swedish television series Wallander (2005-present). The series is thoughtful about the striving of a person, region and nation to preserve selfhood in an environment of constant flux and exchange. Set and made in contemporary Sweden, it is alert to the small-nation's position - geographical, socio-political, industrial - in the modern world. The series maps out distinct levels of attempted seclusion and intrusion across boundaries of the Swedish body politic, in national and corporeal forms. Wallander is a vital text in debates surrounding the blurring of boundaries between national television productions and film.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-47
Number of pages9
JournalCritical Studies in Television
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2011


  • television, globalisation, Nordic Noir, Sweden


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