Article | Kultur~Natur: Konferens för kulturstudier i Sverige; Conference in Sweden 15–17 June 2009 | Ett eget rum: Kön; kropp och sexualitet i några svenska samtidsromaner

Title:
Ett eget rum: Kön; kropp och sexualitet i några svenska samtidsromaner
Author:
Jenny Björklund: Växsjö Universitet, Sweden
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Year:
2009
Conference:
Kultur~Natur: Konferens för kulturstudier i Sverige; Conference in Sweden 15–17 June 2009
Issue:
040
Article no.:
016
Pages:
155-160
No. of pages:
6
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2009-10-26
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


Louise Boije af Gennäs and Mian Lodalen depict two kinds of female bodies in their novels: the heterosexual upper-or-middle-class body and the lesbian working-class or left-wing activist body. The heterosexual upper-or-middle-class body is controlled and kept in place in various ways—through clothing; make-up; gestures and even eating disorders. The lesbian working-class or left-wing activist body is described as a place for freedom. It is depicted as natural and is not limited by clothing and make-up; and thus becomes less controlled; it can express sexuality and take up space through gestures and other bodily expressions. This paper focuses on the representation of different bodies in Boije af Gennäs’ and Lodalen’s novels and the influence of gender; sexuality and class on the body’s possibilities to express itself and claim its space in the world. The body thus becomes a place where different identities as well as ideas of nature and culture meet.

Kultur~Natur: Konferens för kulturstudier i Sverige; Conference in Sweden 15–17 June 2009

Author:
Jenny Björklund
Title:
Ett eget rum: Kön; kropp och sexualitet i några svenska samtidsromaner
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Kultur~Natur: Konferens för kulturstudier i Sverige; Conference in Sweden 15–17 June 2009

Author:
Jenny Björklund
Title:
Ett eget rum: Kön; kropp och sexualitet i några svenska samtidsromaner
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