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Illusionen av en kvinna: En queerteoretisk analys av det homosexuella tabut i En dåres försvarstal
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Literature.
2002 (Swedish)In: Lambda Nordica: Tidskrift om homosexualitet, ISSN 1100-2573, no 1, 6-21 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

The illusion of a woman - a queer-theoretical study of the homosexual taboo in A madman's defence.

A madman's defence was written by August Strindberg in 1884-85, during a time of intense Swedish debate concerning moral and sexual hygiene. The novel has traditionally been read as the story of the author's relationship to his first wife, Siri von Essen, and the "war of the sexes" has been viewed as its central theme. This article shows however, that both implicit and explicit homosexual themes can be traced throughout the text.The implicit homosexual theme occurs mainly in the erotic triangle in the flrst half of the book. The triangle consists of two men (Axel and Gustav) and one woman (Maria). The joint worship of the same woman has been interpreted as being partdy pretence for two men to approach each other sexually.The explicit homosexual theme occurs mainly in the second half of the novel, and consists of Maria's boundary-crossing behaviour and sexual attraction to other women. The queer-theoretical approach made possible a new interpretation of the course of events in A madman's defence, and led to the exposure of a new aspect of the motifs in the novel.

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2002. no 1, 6-21 p.
Keyword [sv]
Strindberg, queera läsningar, En dåres försvarstal
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General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-268141OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-268141DiVA: diva2:875987
Available from: 2015-12-02 Created: 2015-12-02 Last updated: 2016-07-26Bibliographically approved

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