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Flyga högt och falla fritt: Feminism och postfeminism i Erica Jongs Rädd att flyga och Tone Schunnessons Tripprapporter
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This comparative essay discusses feminist and post-feminist concepts in the novels Fear of Flying by Erica Jong (1973) and Trip Reports by Tone Schunnesson (2016) from a generational perspective. The term feminism embraces both second-wave and third-wave feminism, while the term post-feminism represents the contradictions between and within the two. The analysis centers on the first-person narrators, Isadora Wing, in Fear of Flying, and the anonymous narrator, in Trip Reports. A phenomenological close-reading was employed to uncover generational differences, contradictions, and similarities in the texts, which were then analyzed through the lens of feminism and post-feminism. Examination of the texts was facilitated through the use of three categories: love, the body, and artistry.

The primary theory utilized in the analysis is Toril Moi’s feminist theory developed out of Simon de Beauvoir’s reflections on “the body as situation,” where it is argued that a person’s lived experience, one’s whole subjectivity, is dependent upon and reflected through one’s body. The body forms the relationship to ourselves and our experience of the world, as well as how others view us. Thus, the female lived experience and each woman’s individual project is in this regard connected to having a female body.

The results define differences in the narrators’ lived experiences and how the two women view themselves and others, in relation to societal norms and each narrator’s specific generation. Furthermore, the narrators’ are both ambivalent in their thoughts and actions. The identified similarities center around male dependency, various degrees – or lack of - female identification and traditional gender norms, independent of generation. The results of the analysis could offer a cultural and generational contribution to the current feminist literary discussion.

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2019. , p. 37
Keywords [en]
Fear of flying, Trip Reports, Erica Jong, Tone Schunnesson, generation, feminism, second-wave feminism, third-wave feminism, post-feminism, Toril Moi, Simone de Beavouir, lived experience, the body as a situation, gender, norms.
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-38127OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-38127DiVA, id: diva2:1379644
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Comparative Literature LV1
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Available from: 2019-12-17 Created: 2019-12-17

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