The Stieg Larsson book and movie mania — and more generally the phenomenon of Scandivanian murder mysteries — are the subject of a two-day symposium starting Friday at UCLA's Royce Hall. No sign of Noomi Rapace on the schedule, but the keynote speaker will be Daniel Alfredson, who directed "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest." The heroine of the series is named in the titles of three papers to be given — starting with "Conventionally Unconventional: Lisbeth Salander's Sisters in Crime” and "Lisbeth, Violence, & Identity.” Other topics to be covered by academics from here and the north countries include "Myth, Mystery, and the Millennium Trilogy” and "Solving crimes in sagas: Society, law and narrative in early Iceland.” The embassy of Sweden co-sponsors the symposium, which is free.
Previously on LA Observed:
Finding an American Lisbeth
Stieg Larsson's girlfriend on Lisbeth Salander
She will eat lunch in this town again
Noomi Rapace talks about moving on
Selling the new Lisbeth Salander