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Kärlekens skugg-gömma: om det queera begäret i Maria Gripes skuggromaner
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The Shadowed Mirror of Desire : queer desires in Maria Gripe's shadow-novels (English)
Abstract [en]

Maria Gripe’s shadow-series consists of four novels written in the 1980s and feature a character who present themselves as both as a girl and a boy. Carolin, also known as Carl has got a mysterious and captivating aura that leaves everybody fascinated and most people enamoured with him/her. Carolin shares many similarities with the 19th century author Carl Jonas Love Almqvist’s character Tintomara from the novel The Queen’s Tiara (Drottningens juvelsmycke). This essay examines the desire that is aimed at Carolin and explores the queer situations that arises as consequences of his/her cross dressing. I comparatively analyse the desire expressed in the shadow-series and The Queen’s Tiara to find similarities in who is affected by it and where the queer situations occur. The damaging effect of the desire is explored as well. The essay concludes that while most situations can be viewed as both heterosexual and homosexual Gripe uses genres and metaphors that amplify the queerness. Both Carolin and Tintomara are greatly affected by the desire toward them and get hurt because of it. Gripe and Almqvists charismatic androgynous characters bring desire and despair wherever they go, at least as long as they do not conform to society’s norm of gender dichotomy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 29
Keywords [en]
Gripe, The Shadow Series, Queer, Desire, Cross dressing, Almqvist, The Queen’s Tiara, The Queen’s Diadem, Tintomara, Carolin
Keywords [sv]
Maria Gripe, skuggserien, Skuggan över stenbänken, queer, begär, könsöverskridande, Carl Jonas Love Almqvist, Tintomara, Drottningens juvelsmycke, Carolin
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37545OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-37545DiVA, id: diva2:1285969
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Comparative Literature
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Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2019-02-05 Created: 2019-02-05 Last updated: 2019-02-05Bibliographically approved

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