Arne Lunde

Arne Lunde
Associate Professor

Royce Hall 332C. Fax: (310) 825-9754.

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2003.

Arne Lunde is Associate Professor in the Scandinavian Section at UCLA. His book Nordic Exposures: Scandinavian Identities in Classical Hollywood Cinema explores how Scandinavian whiteness and ethnicity functioned in Hollywood cinema between and during the two world wars. He has also published on Benjamin Christensen in 1920s Hollywood, transnational identity in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand, Norwegian filmmaker Tancred Ibsen, Knut Hamsun’s fascist aesthetics, the Nazi occupation of Norway in Hollywood wartime cinema, et al. His articles and reviews have appeared in Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, Film International, Film Quarterly, The Moving Image, Scandinavian Studies, Scandinavica, and Comparative Literature. Lunde teaches film history courses on Nordic national cinemas, Carl-Theodor Dreyer, Ingmar Bergman, and Scandinavians in Hollywood, as well as literature courses on nineteenth-century and fin-de-siécle Scandinavia, Knut Hamsun, Henrik Ibsen, and August Strindberg. His current research projects focus on Scandinavian colonies and émigrés in silent era Hollywood and on Ingmar Bergman inside the Swedish studio system, 1944–1960.

Selected publications:


Nordic Exposures: Scandinavian Identities in Classical Hollywood Cinema. Seattle: University of Washington Press (2010).

Book chapters

“Knut Hamsun on Film in Transnational Contexts,” in Knut Hamsun: Transgression and Worlding. Editors: Ståle Dingstad, Ylva Frøyd, Elisabeth Oxfeldt, and Ellen Rees. Trondheim: Tapir Academic Press, 265-277 (2011).

“‘Garbo Talks!’: Scandinavians in Hollywood, the Talkie Revolution, and the Crisis of Foreign Voice,” in Screen Culture: History and Textuality Ed. John Fullerton. (Stockholm Studies in Cinema series). Sydney: John Libbey & Co., 21-39 (2004).

“Benjamin Christensen in Hollywood” and “The Danish Sound Features at Nordisk” in Benjamin Christensen: An International Dane. Ed. Jytte Jensen. 22-37. New York: MoMA/Danish Wave. (1999).


“‘Look to Norway!’: The Nazi occupation of Norway in Hollywood wartime cinema, 1942-1945” Journal of Scandinavian Cinema vol. 2, no. 3: 299-314. (2012).

“After The Celebration: Thomas Vinterberg’s It’s All About Love.” Film International vol. 9, no. 2: 20-29 (2011).

“Scandinavian Auteur as Chameleon: How Benjamin Christensen Reinvented Himself in Hollywood, 1925-1929.” Journal of Scandinavian Cinema 1: 7-23 (2011).

Op med hodet: Tancred Ibsen’s 1933 Experiment in Cinematic Modernism.” Scandinavian-Canadian Studies 19: 56-71 (2010).

“Knut Hamsun at the Movies in Transnational Contexts.” Nordlit: Tidsskrift i litteratur og kultur 25: 41-52 (2009).

“Politics, Aesthetics, and Afterlife in Paa gjengrodde stier: Retracing Knut Hamsun’s ‘Overgrown Paths’ toward Nazism.” Scandinavica vol. 47 no. 2; 175-190 (2008).

“Helga Crane’s Copenhagen: Denmark, Colonialism, and Transnational Identity in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand.” Co-authored with Anna Westerstahl Stenport. Comparative Literature vol. 60 no. 3, 228-243 (2008).


The Vikings on Film: Essays on Depictions of the Nordic Middle Ages. Kevin J. Harty, editor. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2011. Scandinavian Studies 83: 471-477 (2011).

Crime and Fantasy in Scandinavia: Fiction, Film and Social Change. Andrew Nestingen. Scandinavian Studies 81: 397-400 (2009).

Ingmar Bergman Revisited: Performance, Cinema and the Arts. Maaret Koskinen, editor. Scandinavica vol. 48 no. 1, 92-94 (2009).

The Virgin Spring (Criterion DVD). The Moving Image: The Journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists 8: 102-104 (2009).

Edvard Munch: Behind the Scream. Sue Prideaux. Scandinavian Studies 80: 239-241 (2008).

Northern Constellations: New Readings in Nordic Cinema. Ed. C. Claire Thomson. Nortana News: 8-9 (2007).

Performing Whiteness: Postmodern Re/Constructions in the Cinema. Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Film Quarterly vol. 58, no. 1, 73-74 (2004).

Classic Hollywood, Classic Whiteness, Daniel Bernardi, editor. Film Quarterly vol. 56, no. 3, 50-52 (2003).

The Visible Wall: Jews and Other Ethnic Outsiders in Swedish Film. Rochelle Wright. Scandinavian Studies vol. 73 no. 1, 84-86 (2001).

Nordic National Cinemas, Tytti Soila, Astrid Söderbergh Widding, and Gunnar Iversen. Scandinavian Studies vol. 72 no. 1, 132-135 (2000).

Courses Taught

Introduction to Scandinavian Literatures and Cultures

The Short Story in Scandinavia

Henrik Ibsen

Knut Hamsun

August Strindberg

The Modern Breakthrough

Scandinavians in Hollywood

Introduction to Nordic Cinema

Norwegian Cinema

Danish Cinema

Carl-Theodor Dreyer

Swedish Cinema

Ingmar Bergman