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The permeability of the Nordic Borders in Bent Hamer’s Kitchen Stories

Norwegian auteur Bent Hamer’s Kitchen Stories (2003) tells the story of a post-war friendship between an elderly Norwegian man and a Swedish scientist who is sent to Norway to document the domestic practices of Norwegian bachelors. This objective study prohibits any form of communication between the observer and the subject. In turn, the narrative serves as an interesting backdrop for the exploration of Swedish and Norwegian cultural kinship, particularly in relation to its post-WWII context. Kitchen Stories therefore comes to document a coinciding of two national spaces, where national identity is channeled through the . . .

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Katie Moffat

Kate Moffat is a postgraduate student at Bangor University in North
Wales, where she specializes in globalization and the construction of
national identity within Nordic film culture.