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Batikhäxan – ett kvinnligt supermonster: En kritisk diskursanalys av tre politiska pamfletter
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Film and Literature.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The Tie-Dye Witch – a female super monster : A critical discourse analysis of three political pamphlets (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis shows how misogynous and stereotypical images of women, which historically have been used to transform them into witches and monsters, are now reused in the construction of the term “batikhäxa” (“tie-dye witch”). Feminist and discourse theory form the framework of this study which includes the analysis of three opinion pieces, or political pamphlets, that were published between 2010 – 2018: "Batikhäxorna och makten" by the pseudonym Julia Caesar, "Refugee 'Children" & The Women Who Sexually Exploit Them" by the pseudonym Angry Foreigner and "De ansvariga för Sveriges kaos behöver en intervention för att ställas till svars " by Katerina Janouch.

I use critical discourse analysis to study how discursive strategies are applied in these political pamphlets to delegitimate women, making them the scapegoats of society by use of the concept of the tie-dye witch. My thesis argues that the use of the tie-dye witch discourse reproduces patriarchal power relations by denying women the right to have and express their opinions, decide over their own bodies and exercise power in society. The tie-dye witch can therefore also be understood as an anti-feminist counterimage to the feminist witch who was established as a female role model in the 1960s. The study also uncovers the psychological function of the tie-dye witch as a female super monster who demarks the borders of nation, culture, religion, body and gender. In the studied texts, the tie-dye witch is constructed to separate "us" from "the others", and in doing so she also acts as a unifying figure in and of anti-feminist, islamophobic, xenophobic, nationalist and apocalyptic discourses.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 59
Keywords [en]
batikhäxa, tie-dye witch, witches, female monster, critical discourse analysis, political pamphlets, Katerina Janouch, discursive strategies, feminist theory, discourse theory, patriarchal power, scapegoat, misogyny, anti-feminist, islamophobic, xenophobic, nationalist, apocalyptic.
Keywords [sv]
batikhäxa, häxa, kvinnligt monster, kritisk diskursanalys, politiska pamfletter, Katerina Janouch, diskursiva strategier, feministisk teori, diskursteori, patriarkal makt, syndabock, misogyni, anti-feministisk, islamofobisk, xenofobisk, nationalistisk, apokalyptisk.
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-86034OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-86034DiVA, id: diva2:1332695
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Litteraturvetenskap
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Available from: 2019-07-15 Created: 2019-06-28 Last updated: 2019-07-15Bibliographically approved

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