Article | NORLIT 2009: Codex and Code; Aesthetics; Language and Politics in an Age of Digital Media; Stockholm; August 6-9; 2009 | Her mother and his hand?: A study of possessives and nouns in Bridget Jones’s Diary and fan fiction

Title:
Her mother and his hand?: A study of possessives and nouns in Bridget Jones’s Diary and fan fiction
Author:
Maria Helena Svensson: Umeå University, Sweden
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Year:
2009
Conference:
NORLIT 2009: Codex and Code; Aesthetics; Language and Politics in an Age of Digital Media; Stockholm; August 6-9; 2009
Issue:
042
Article no.:
020
Pages:
239-257
No. of pages:
19
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2010-04-27
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


The interdisciplinary project “Cyber Echoes” analyses fan fiction; texts written by fans who use characters; places and themes from a source text; place them in a context they construct; and publish the texts on the Internet. One part of this project is linguistically oriented; and sets out to examine the language of a source text (a novel; a tv-series; a movie etc.) and the texts written by fans. This is where this paper is initiated. Is is also inspired by a Danish article by Scheuer (1995; english title: ‘His wife and her breasts’); who has made a quantitative study of the possessive pronouns in the dictionary “Den danske ordbog” (‘The Danish Dictionary’). What is interesting is of course not the pronouns themselfs; but rather what follows. “His” followed by a certain noun tells us something about male ownership; while what follows after “her” shows some relation between certain objects/ phenomena and women. While such a study can be interesting in itself; this paper aims to compare a source text – in this case Bridget Joness diary by Helen Fielding – with some fantexts that take place in the Bridget Jones universe. The object of the study is the nouns that follow the possessive pronouns; and the focus is to detect similarities and differences in the texts with a gender aspect in mind.

NORLIT 2009: Codex and Code; Aesthetics; Language and Politics in an Age of Digital Media; Stockholm; August 6-9; 2009

Author:
Maria Helena Svensson
Title:
Her mother and his hand?: A study of possessives and nouns in Bridget Jones’s Diary and fan fiction
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NORLIT 2009: Codex and Code; Aesthetics; Language and Politics in an Age of Digital Media; Stockholm; August 6-9; 2009

Author:
Maria Helena Svensson
Title:
Her mother and his hand?: A study of possessives and nouns in Bridget Jones’s Diary and fan fiction
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