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Holmgren Troy, MariaORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-7640-0639
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Holmgren Troy, M. (2019). From Sunnydale to Engelsfors and Back Again?: "Translating" Buffy and My So-Called Life across Decades, Media and National Borders. In: : . Paper presented at "ETC. Exchange Transformation Communication," Nordic Association of English Studies conference,Aarhus,Denmark 8-10 May.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>From Sunnydale to Engelsfors and Back Again?: "Translating" Buffy and My So-Called Life across Decades, Media and National Borders
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

On the publication of the first novel in the Swedish Engelsfors trilogy (2011-2013), which is about seven small-town teenage witches who have to stop the apocalypse, the two authors expressed the love they share for the ground-breaking American TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) and My So Called Life (1994-1995). These two series communicated in significant ways with Sara Elfgren and Mats Strandberg when they were teenagers in the 1990s. This paper will focus on how elements from the two American series have been adapted and translated into particular Swedish circumstances in the Engelsfors trilogy. Examining the transformations that such transcultural translation entails, I argue, adds to the understanding of the long-term influences of American productions on subsequent productions in other countries and media. Moreover, the Engelsfors trilogy has been translated into twenty-five different languages including English and may thus in turn have an impact on English-language cultural productions.

Keywords
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, My So-Called Life, the Engelsfors trilogy
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-72783 (URN)
Conference
"ETC. Exchange Transformation Communication," Nordic Association of English Studies conference,Aarhus,Denmark 8-10 May
Available from: 2019-06-20 Created: 2019-06-20 Last updated: 2019-10-28Bibliographically approved
Holmgren Troy, M. (2019). "Strange Matings" and Cultural Encounters: Octavia Butler's Fiction as "Companion Species" to Theory. In: Birgit Spengler and Babette B. Tischleder (Ed.), An Eclectic Bestiary: Encounters in a More-than-Human World (pp. 263-275). Transcript Verlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Strange Matings" and Cultural Encounters: Octavia Butler's Fiction as "Companion Species" to Theory
2019 (English)In: An Eclectic Bestiary: Encounters in a More-than-Human World / [ed] Birgit Spengler and Babette B. Tischleder, Transcript Verlag, 2019, p. 263-275Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Transcript Verlag, 2019
Keywords
Octavia Butler, "Amnesty", "Bloodchild", theory, Homi Bhabha, Donna Haraway
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-72785 (URN)10.14361/9783839445662 (DOI)978-3-8376-4566-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-06-20 Created: 2019-06-20 Last updated: 2019-06-26Bibliographically approved
Holmgren Troy, M. (2018). Adapting Ideologies: Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital and Matt Reeves’s Let Me In. In: : . Paper presented at Maple Leaf and Eagle conference in North American Studies,"Ideas,Ideals, and Ideologies," Helsinki, May 16-18, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Adapting Ideologies: Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital and Matt Reeves’s Let Me In
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper will draw on Linda Hutcheon’s account in A Theory of Adaptation (2013) of “transculturating” and “transcultural adaptations” in examining how two American adaptations of Nordic Gothic texts – Stephen King’s TV series Kingdom Hospital (2004) and Matt Reeves’s movie Let Me In (2010) – change what Hutcheon calls the “ideological valences” of the adapted texts: Lars von Trier’s Danish TV series Riget (1994, 1997) and John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Swedish novel Låt den rätte komma in (2004) and its subsequent 2008 Swedish film adaptation. All of these narratives introduce ghosts and/or vampires into actually existing and, to a large extent, realistically depicted late twentieth- or early twenty-first-century Scandinavian and American environments. However, I will argue that there are significant ideological differences between the Nordic and the American texts, which have an impact on both the aesthetics and the effects of these Gothic or horror narratives.

Keywords
adaptation, ideologies, Nordic Gothic, Stephen King, Matt Reeves
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-67752 (URN)
Conference
Maple Leaf and Eagle conference in North American Studies,"Ideas,Ideals, and Ideologies," Helsinki, May 16-18, 2018
Available from: 2018-06-18 Created: 2018-06-18 Last updated: 2018-06-26Bibliographically approved
Holmgren Troy, M. (2018). Juliette Wells, Reading Austen in America [Review]. American Studies in Scandinavia, 50(2), 125-128
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Juliette Wells, Reading Austen in America
2018 (English)In: American Studies in Scandinavia, ISSN 0044-8060, Vol. 50, no 2, p. 125-128Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-70631 (URN)000452941800011 ()
Available from: 2018-12-28 Created: 2018-12-28 Last updated: 2019-02-07Bibliographically approved
Holmgren Troy, M. (2018). Placing the Gothic in American Adaptations of Nordic Texts. In: : . Paper presented at 10th Biennial Conference of the Swedish Association for American Studies (SAAS), Stockholm, 28-30 September 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Placing the Gothic in American Adaptations of Nordic Texts
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Keywords
American adaptations, Nordic Gothic
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-69627 (URN)
Conference
10th Biennial Conference of the Swedish Association for American Studies (SAAS), Stockholm, 28-30 September 2018
Available from: 2018-10-13 Created: 2018-10-13 Last updated: 2018-12-13Bibliographically approved
Holmgren Troy, M. (2017). Adapting Space/Spaces of Adaptation: Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital (2004). In: : . Paper presented at Geomedia 2017: Spaces of the In-Between, an interdisciplinary international conference, Karlstad, 9-12 May, 2017.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Adapting Space/Spaces of Adaptation: Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital (2004)
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Lars von Trier’s TV series Riget (The Kingdom, 1994, 1997) engages with space and geography in various ways. The hospital (Rigshospitalet) in Copenhagen provides a labyrinthine and multi-layered setting equivalent to the castle or the haunted house in earlier Gothic narratives. It is a liminal space that both registers clashes and serves as a conduit between the past and the present, between rationality and the supernatural. Riget also highlights tensions cast as national between the Danish hospital staff and a Swedish physician who perceives his Danish colleagues as irrational and unscientific and who longs to be back in Sweden.

 

This paper will draw on Linda Hutcheon’s account in A Theory of Adaptation (2013) of “transculturating” and “transcultural adaptations” in examining how the hospital and geographical tensions are portrayed in Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital (ABC, 2004), an American TV series inspired by and based on Riget. In King’s adaptation the (fictive) hospital is placed in Lewistown, Maine, and the physician at odds with the rest of the hospital staff is from Boston and not from another country. This change, I would argue, introduces a different kind of geographical tension. Apart from discussing this tension and contrasting it to the national one in Riget, I will compare the depiction and function of the hospital in the American TV series to that of the Danish one.

Keywords
adaptation, Lars von Trier, Riget, Stephen King, Kingdom Hospital, space, the gothic
National Category
Humanities and the Arts Languages and Literature
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-54953 (URN)
Conference
Geomedia 2017: Spaces of the In-Between, an interdisciplinary international conference, Karlstad, 9-12 May, 2017
Projects
Nordic Gothic
Available from: 2017-06-10 Created: 2017-06-10 Last updated: 2019-09-26Bibliographically approved
Holmgren Troy, M. (2017). Gothic Transcultural Adaptation: Stephen King’s TV Series Kingdom Hospital. In: : . Paper presented at 25th Nordic Association for American Studies conference,"American Colors: Across the Disciplinary Spectrum," SDU, Odense, Denmark, 22-24 May 2017.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Gothic Transcultural Adaptation: Stephen King’s TV Series Kingdom Hospital
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

TV series, movies, and literature. American horror and Gothic have had a large impact on Nordic productions, but at the same time Nordic Gothic – as well as Nordic Noir – has become extremely popular in the US. One example of the latter is Stephen King’s TV series Kingdom Hospital (2004), which is based on Lars von Trier’s Danish TV series Riget (1994, 1997). In her paper, Troy will employ Linda Hutcheon’s notion of transcultural adaptation in order to analyze some of the differences between King’s and von Trier’s TV series in regard to, for example, Gothic humor; the representation of the history of the setting, social institutions, the provincial vs. the urban, gender and class hierarchies; and media-specific features that guide the viewers’ perception, such as the title sequences and musical themes that frame the episodes as well as the special effects, camera angles, and the color and quality of the footage.

Keywords
transcultural adaptation, Lars von Trier, Riget, Stephen King, Kingdom Hospital, the gothic
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-54954 (URN)
Conference
25th Nordic Association for American Studies conference,"American Colors: Across the Disciplinary Spectrum," SDU, Odense, Denmark, 22-24 May 2017
Projects
Nordic Gothic
Available from: 2017-06-10 Created: 2017-06-10 Last updated: 2019-09-26Bibliographically approved
Holmgren Troy, M. & Wijkmark, S. (2017). Introduction: Gothic and Uncanny Explorations. Edda. Nordisk tidsskrift for litteraturforskning, 104(2), 108-114
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction: Gothic and Uncanny Explorations
2017 (English)In: Edda. Nordisk tidsskrift for litteraturforskning, ISSN 0013-0818, E-ISSN 1500-1989, Vol. 104, no 2, p. 108-114Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Universitetsforlaget, 2017
Keywords
Nordic gothic, the gothic, the uncanny
National Category
Humanities and the Arts Languages and Literature
Research subject
Comparative Literature; English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-54957 (URN)10.18261/ISSN.1500-1989-2017-02-02 (DOI)
Projects
Nordic Gothic
Available from: 2017-06-10 Created: 2017-06-10 Last updated: 2019-09-26Bibliographically approved
Holmgren Troy, M. (2017). Predator and Prey: The Vampire Child in Novels by S.P. Somtow and John Ajvide Lindqvist. Edda. Nordisk tidsskrift for litteraturforskning, 104(2), 130-144
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Predator and Prey: The Vampire Child in Novels by S.P. Somtow and John Ajvide Lindqvist
2017 (English)In: Edda. Nordisk tidsskrift for litteraturforskning, ISSN 0013-0818, E-ISSN 1500-1989, Vol. 104, no 2, p. 130-144Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The temporal convergence between the social and cultural preoccupation with child sexual abuse, with the pedophile as the ultimate predator, and the appearance of the child vampire as a central character in vampire fiction in the late twentieth century can be traced to genre conventions and to representations of the vampire and of the child. This article examines vampire children and child sexual abuse in three novels: S. P. Somtow’s Vampire Junction (1984) and Valentine (1992), and John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Let the Right One In (2004), and shows how they tap into contemporary sexual taboos and fears for children in order to cre- ate uncanny and Gothic effects. Highlighting that the representations of the vampire child contain a number of dichotomies, the article also relates all three novels to splatterpunk, and outlines a different trajectory for the sympathetic vampire that led to Lindqvist’s novel, which triggered the Swedish Gothic boom in the twenty-first century.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Universitetsforlaget, 2017
Keywords
Vampire Child, The Gothic, Pedophilia, Child Sexual Abuse, S. P. Somtow, John Ajvide Lindqvist
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-54958 (URN)10.18261/ISSN.1500-1989-2017-02-04 (DOI)
Projects
Nordic Gothic
Available from: 2017-06-10 Created: 2017-06-10 Last updated: 2019-09-26Bibliographically approved
Holmgren Troy, M. (2016). Chronotopes in Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. African American Review, 49(1), 19-34
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Chronotopes in Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
2016 (English)In: African American Review, ISSN 1062-4783, E-ISSN 1945-6182, Vol. 49, no 1, p. 19-34Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article employs Bakhtin’s concept of the chronotope to examine the interrelatedness of different places, temporalities, characterization, and values in Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Focusing on the complex interactions of four chronotopes—Dr. Flint’s house, the provincial town, the grandmother’s house, and the garret—the article yields a deeper understanding of how Jacobs critiques antebellum American society and, at the same time, constructs the grandmother’s house as chronotope as a site of negotiation with her most obvious historical addressee: the Northern white middle-class woman.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016
Keywords
chronotopes, Bakhtin, Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, time, place
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-41951 (URN)000373205800003 ()
Available from: 2016-04-30 Created: 2016-04-29 Last updated: 2018-12-19Bibliographically approved
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