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Authors:Maria Helena Svensson: Umeå University, Sweden
Publication title:Her mother and his hand?: A study of possessives and nouns in Bridget Jones’s Diary and fan fiction
Conference:NORLIT 2009: Codex and Code; Aesthetics; Language and Politics in an Age of Digital Media; Stockholm; August 6-9; 2009
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:042
Article No.:020
Abstract: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.
Language:English
Year:2009
No. of pages:19
Pages:239-257
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3740
ISSN (online):1650-3686
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/042/020/ecp0942020.pdf
Available:2010-04-27
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

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Maria Helena Svensson (2009). Her mother and his hand?: A study of possessives and nouns in Bridget Jones’s Diary and fan fiction, NORLIT 2009: Codex and Code; Aesthetics; Language and Politics in an Age of Digital Media; Stockholm; August 6-9; 2009 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=042;article=020 (accessed 10/22/2014)