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Ordens skapande kraft: Den Okändes queera maskuliniteter i "Till Damaskus" IIII
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Literature.
2008 (Swedish)In: Lambda Nordica: Tidskrift om homosexualitet, ISSN 1100-2573, no nr 4, 61-74 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

The Prolific Power of Words – The Unknown´s Queer Masculinities in To Damascus I-III


The play To Damascus by Swedish playwriter August Strindberg was accomplished in two parts in 1898, and a third part in 1901. In research and stagings it has been a common practice to focus mainly or exclusively on the first part. In doing so, however, we loose track of The Unknown’s search for a stable, male identity, which is a theme that is crucial in all three parts of the play. In this article, I argue that the different representations of The Unknown that is seen throughout the play – as e.g a child, a bird, a woman, God and the Devil – are all part of a process in which he is trying to find and stabilize his own male identity in accordance with what was accepted and valuable at the turn of the 20th century. The different social positions of The Unknown are accomplished by words; hence, it is within the context of verbal interactions with other individuals in the play that the transformations of his identity gains material reality. At the end of the play, it is this negotiable quality of the material world that makes it possible for The Unknown to die and live again.

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Stockholm: Föreningen Lambda nordica , 2008. no nr 4, 61-74 p.
Keyword [en]
Strindberg, Queer Theory, Performativity
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Performing Art Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-111649OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-111649DiVA: diva2:282136
Available from: 2009-12-18 Created: 2009-12-18 Last updated: 2010-12-06Bibliographically approved

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