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Arne Lunde

Associate Professor

Arne Lunde is Associate Professor in the Scandinavian Section of the Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies (ELTS) and Affiliate Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at UCLA TFT. His research interests include Nordic cinema, European exiles and emigres in classic Hollywood and Los Angeles, film noir, studio-era film style and aesthetics, and transcultural cinemas of elsewhere.

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. Lunde is co-editor with Anna Westerstahl Stenport of Georgia Tech University of Nordic Film Cultures and Cinemas of Elsewheres (Edinburgh University Press, 2019). The volume introduces a new concept to Nordic film studies as well as to other small national, transnational and world cinema traditions. Examining overlooked “elsewheres,” the book presents Nordic cinemas as international, cosmopolitan, diasporic and geographically dispersed, from their beginnings in the early silent period to their present 21st-century dynamics.

Lunde has also published on Ingmar Bergman in the 1940s and 1950s, including the articles “Ingmar’s Hitchcockian Cameos: Early Bergman as Auteur inside the Swedish Studio System” and “Through a Laugh Darkly: Comedy in the Films of Ingmar Bergman” in Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, as well as the chapter “The Story of a Bad Girl!: Summer with Monika, Sexploitation and the Selling of Erotic Bergman in America” in Beyond Swedish Summers: The Breakthrough of Sexuality in Swedish Cinema. Lunde’s articles and reviews have appeared in Journal of Scandinavian CinemaFilm InternationalFilm QuarterlyThe Moving ImageScandinavian StudiesScandinavica, and Comparative Literature.

His current research explores European identities within the classic Hollywood studio system and the city of Los Angeles as a site of cultural production, focusing on the impact of European emigres and exiles on American cinema, especially the development of film noir as a key genre.

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2003
M.A., University of Washington, Seattle, 1998
Oslo Year Program, University of Oslo, Norway, 1995-1996
B.A. University of Washington, Seattle, 1989

Cinema and Media, Classic Hollywood and Europe, Nordic Literature and Visual Culture

Nordic Film Cultures and Cinemas of Elsewhere (Edinburgh University Press, 2019)

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

The Serpent’s Egg: Ingmar Bergman’s Exilic Elsewheres in 1970s New German and New Hollywood Cinema,” co-written with Anna Westerstahl Stenport, Nordic Film Cultures and Cinemas of Elsewhere, Anna Westerstahl Stenport and Arne Lunde, volume eds. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019): 341-359.

“The Story of a Bad Girl!: Summer with Monika, Sexploitation and the Selling of Erotic Bergman in America,” Beyond Swedish Summers: The Breakthrough of Sexuality in Swedish Cinema, Elisabet Björklund and Mariah Larsson, eds. (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 2016): 11-20.

“The Scandinavian Colonies of Silent Era Hollywood,” The Blackwell Companion to Nordic Cinema. Mette Hjort and Ursula Lindqvist, eds., (West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons, 2016): 396-416.

“Going Hollywood: Nordic Directors in Contemporary American Cinema,” Popular Nordic Genre Film: Small Nation Film Cultures in the Global Marketplace. Tommy Gustafsson and Pietari Käpää, eds. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015): 230-243.

“Knut Hamsun on Film in Transnational Contexts,” Knut Hamsun: Transgression and Worlding, Ståle Dingstad, Ylva Frøjd, Elisabeth Oxfeldt and Ellen Rees, eds. (Trondheim: Tapir Academic Press, 2011): 265-27.

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

“Ingmar’s Hitchcockian Cameos: Early Bergman as auteur inside the Swedish studio system,” Journal of Scandinavian Cinema. 8:1 (2018): 19-33.

“Through a Laugh Darkly: Comedy in the Films of Ingmar Bergman,” Journal of Scandinavian Cinema. 4:3 (2014): 255-260.

“Look to Norway!: The Nazi Occupation of Norway in Hollywood Wartime Cinema,” Journal of Scandinavian Cinema2.3 (2012): 299-314.

“After The Celebration: Thomas Vinterberg’s It’s All About Love.” Film International 9.2 (2011): 20-29.

“Scandinavian Auteur as Chameleon: How Benjamin Christensen Reinvented Himself in Hollywood, 1925-1929.” Journal of Scandinavian Cinema 1.1 (2011): 7-23.

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

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

“Politics, Aesthetics, and Afterlife in Paa gjengrodde stier: Retracing Knut Hamsun’s ‘Overgrown Paths’ toward Nazism.” Scandinavica. 47.2 (2008): 175-190.

“Helga Crane’s Copenhagen: Denmark, Colonialism, and Transnational Identity in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand.” With Anna Westerståhl Stenport.  Comparative Literature. 60.3 (2008): 228-243.


  • SCAND 19: Fiat Lux Freshman Seminar: Ingmar Bergman and Woody Allen
  • SCAND 50/50W: Introduction to Scandinavian Literature and Cultures
  • SCAND 60W: Introduction to Nordic Cinema
  • SCAND 141C: The Short Story in Scandinavia
  • SCAND 145A/245A: Henrik Ibsen
  • SCAND 145B/245B: Knut Hamsun
  • SCAND 155: The Modern Breakthrough
  • SCAND 161: Introduction to Nordic Cinema
  • SCAND 163A/263A: Danish Cinema
  • SCAND 163B/263B: Swedish Cinema
  • SCAND 163C/263C: Norwegian Cinema
  • SCAND 166A/266A: Ingmar Bergman
  • SCAND 166C/266C: Carl Th. Dreyer
  • ELTS 167: European Identities in Classic Hollywood Cinema and Los Angeles