”Det anstår mig inte att göra mig mindre än jag är” - skönhetsidealet och den kvinnliga grotesken i textanalyser av Kerstin Ekmans Grand Final i skojarbranschen, Muriel Barberys Igelkottens elegans och Majgull Axelssons Moderspassion

Detta är en Magister-uppsats från Göteborgs universitet/Institutionen för kulturvetenskaper

Sammanfattning: The purpose of this paper is to make a feminist textual analysis of three female protagonists incontemporary novels in order to demonstrate representations of ”skeva” female bodies, deviantfrom beauty-, slender and age norms. The analysis is based on an intersectional perspective whichdemonstrates the interaction between body, sex, gender, class, sexuality and age. The theoreticalmaterial used are class theories by Bourdieu and Skeggs, performative theories by Butler, theoriesof grotesque realism by Bachtin and the female grotesque by Russo and Lundberg. The charactersall belong to the genre of the female grotesque which manifests a feminist protest and a free zonewithin patriarchal power structures. To ”cite” gender wrong, as Butler suggests, seems to creategender dislocation able to include unfeminine, aging, lower class female representations asprotagonists in literature.

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