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Familj, moderskap och incest i Så länge vi båda andas: En queerteoretisk temastudie av Stephenie Meyers Så länge vi båda andas
Södertörn University, School of Gender, Culture and History.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper examines in what way the heterosexual matrix is challenged by Stephenie Meyer in Breaking dawn (Så länge vi båda andas). By doing a thematic study on the various family constellations appearing in the novel, I search for the queer elements in it. I discuss incest, family building and motherhood, and find that there are numerous queer elements associated with the themes I have chosen. I conclude that the Cullen family challenges the heterosexual matrix, despite not being typical queer vampire characters. I also find that building a successful family is not based on gender or constellation otherwise, but is instead dependant on democracy and equality. Bella has a desire to taste the blood of both her daughter and her father, interpreted as an incestuous desire. I find similarities between Bella’s extreme motherhood behaviors and how drag show artists parody gender.

Abstract [sv]

Denna uppsats undersöker på vilka sätt Stephenie Meyer utmanar den heterosexuella matrisen i Så länge vi båda andas. Genom att göra en queerteoretisk temastudie utifrån temat familj undersöker jag de queera elementen i texten. Jag behandlar incest, familjebildning och moderskap och kommer fram till att det finns många queera inslag i mina valda teman. I min analys drar jag slutsatsen att familjen Cullen, trots att de inte är klassiska queera vampyrkaraktärer ändå utmanar den heterosexuella matrisen. Jag kommer även fram till att framgången i en familjebildning inte ligger i kön, eller konstruktion, utan i demokrati och jämställdhet. När Bella åtrår sin faders och dotterns blod tolkar jag detta i sin kontext som ett incestuöst begär. Jag jämför extremismen i Bellas moderskap med hur dragshowartisten parodierar genus.

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2011. , 34 p.
Keyword [en]
Judith Butler, Anna Höglund, T wilight, Breaking dawn (Så länge vi båda andas), family, motherhood, incest, vampires, heteronormative, the heterosexual matrix.
Keyword [sv]
Judith Butler, Anna Höglund, Twilight, Så länge vi båda andas, familj, moderskap, incest, vampyrer, heteronormativitet, den heterosexuella matrisen.
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-15284OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-15284DiVA: diva2:489125
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Comparative Literature
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Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2012-02-03 Created: 2012-02-02 Last updated: 2012-02-03Bibliographically approved

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