Swedish Crime Fiction and Study Abroad: Literature, Politics and the Foreigner


  • Joseph M. Ellis Wingate University in Wingate, NC




Sweden, Immigration, Study abroad, Crime fiction, Education abroad


This paper highlights how to use Swedish crime fiction in the classroom to teach politics, especially issues related to immigration and the role of being “foreign”. Furthermore, the paper explores how Swedish crime fiction can be incorporated into a study abroad course, examining one such study abroad – known as W’International – on our campus. I argue that Swedish crime fiction novels make for a perfect venue to explore an array of political problems and challenges, and a palatable way for students unfamiliar with Sweden or crime fiction to relate to real-world issues.


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Author Biography

Joseph M. Ellis , Wingate University in Wingate, NC

Joseph M. Ellis is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Wingate University in Wingate, NC. His research interests include the politics of the Baltic States and Scandinavia, particularly since the fall of the Soviet Union. He has led three study abroad tours while at Wingate, and continues to lead student groups to Europe approximately every two years. His work has been published in PS: Political Science and Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Remembrance and Solidarity Studies, and the Central European Journal of Public Policy, among others. His undergraduate political science degree is from Winthrop University, and his Master’s and Ph.D. from Temple University. 


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How to Cite

Ellis , J. M. (2018). Swedish Crime Fiction and Study Abroad: Literature, Politics and the Foreigner. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 30(2), 106–116. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v30i2.415