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Hur litteraturen kan förändra vårt sätt att vara: Ansats till ett deleuzianskt perspektiv med en metod prövad på Sara Stridsbergs feministiska roman Drömfakulteten
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The main objective of this thesis is to present a Deleuzian perspective on literature and, accordingly, suggest a method to employ in the analysis of a literary work – namely the feminist novel The Dream Faculty by the Swedish writer Sara Stridsberg. The point of departure is a Bruce Baugh article on Deleuzian method where the effectiveness of literature, in sense of changing the reader's thoughts and disposition, is the central concern. Instead of talking about implicit meanings, the method in this thesis neglects elaborative interpretation in favour of treating the literary work as an effect producing surface, or a plane of composition. This surface may contain so called lines of flight in the standard perception of reality. In the concluding 'experimental' analysis of the Stridsberg novel, the aim is to find new notions of the prevailing gender structure, as it is mentioned by Judith Butler. It is a dualistic structure, based on the reproductional heterosexual relationship between discursively shaped 'men' and 'women', categories which come to existence by means of every-day performances repeated over time to create the illusion of identity. Butler calls these identities gender styles. To engage the philosopher Gilles Deleuze in literature is a rather difficult task because of his ever evolving concepts, but, however, there are at least two ways that The Dream Faculty deterritorializes the prevailing gender structure (through its schizophrenic plane of composition). These two subversive visions, or lines of flight, comprise an alien-becoming and a seahorse-becoming. Both becomings are connected to a special set of gender behaviour which overrides the standard perception of man and woman, pointing towards hitherto unknown gender styles.

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2012. , p. 47
Keywords [en]
Butler, Deleuze, elaborative interpretation, gender structure, gender style, identity as performance, line of flight, literary effect, plane of composition, Stridsberg
Keywords [sv]
Butler, Deleuze, elaborativ tolkning, flyktlinje, genusstil, genusstruktur, identitet som performance, kompositionsplan, litterär effekt, Stridsberg
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-28504ISRN: ORU-HUS/LIT-GK-2013/0001--SEArchive number: ORU-HUS/LIT-GK-2013/0001--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-28504DiVA, id: diva2:613600
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Litteraturvetenskap
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Humanities, Theology
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