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Mellan metafor och litterär materialisering: Heteronormer och djurblivande i Monika Fagerholms novell "Patricia Kanin"
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Literature.
2011 (Swedish)In: Lambda Nordica: Tidskrift om homosexualitet, ISSN 1100-2573, Vol. 16, no 4, 53-84 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Between metaphor and materialization. Heteronormativity and becoming animal

in Monika Fagerholm’s short story “Patricia Kanin (Patricia Rabbit)”

Literary transformations from human to animal is a figuration that occurs

already in ancient literature, but is frequently employed also in modern times,

particularly in science fiction, fantasy, horror-stories and children’s literature.

In this article, however, I study this figuration as it appears in a realistic text,

Monika Fagerholm’s short story “Patricia Kanin (Patricia Rabbit)” from the

collection of short stories


, published in 1990. Employing the terms

intra-activity (Karen Barad), performativity (Judith Butler), becoming (Gilles

Deleuze), the Human club (Judith Halberstam) and animaling (Nina Lykke),

as well as a non-hierarchical, non-metaphorical view of the relationship between

human and animal (Jacques Derrida), I discuss how the figuration of

transformation in “Patricia Kanin” enlighten the social and political processes

through which a human body is denied or granted humanity. The realistic context

in the text elucidates the close connection between the process of becoming

human and heteronormative concepts of primarily sexuality and gender, but

also age and ethnicity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Kristiansstads boktryckeri , 2011. Vol. 16, no 4, 53-84 p.
Keyword [en]
transformation, becoming human, animal, Fagerholm
Keyword [sv]
transformation, människoblivande, djur, Fagerholm
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-164649OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-164649DiVA: diva2:468864
Available from: 2011-12-21 Created: 2011-12-21 Last updated: 2013-03-01Bibliographically approved

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