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Henry och kvinnorna: Mötet mellan man och kvinna i Charles Bukowskis Postverket och Kvinnor
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Disciplinary Research.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Henry Chinaski, Relationships and Sexual Desire : The Meeting between Man and Woman in Charles Bukowski's Novels Post Office and Women (English)
Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna uppsats är att undersöka sexuella relationer och mötet mellan man och kvinna i Charles Bukowskis författarskap med fokus på den självbiografiske protagonisten Henry Chinaski i romanerna Postverket och Kvinnor. I analysen undersöker uppsatsen tre aspekter av mötet mellan man och kvinna: Det initierande mötet, det fysiska mötet och vad vi kallar kärlek. Uppsatsen utgår främst från Yvonne Hirdmans genusteorier och diskuterar tabun om särhållandet mellan manligt och kvinnligt. Genom att undersöka den manliga normen samt manlig och kvinnlig sexualitet appliceras dessa sedan genom närläsning av de bägge verken.

Trots att protagonisten ständigt bekräftar den manliga normen dras slutsatsen att Bukowski i sitt författarskap utmanar det sexuella maktsystemet. Han visar på kvinnliga karaktärer som tar för sig och initierar till sexuella relationer i en tid där deras sexualitet fortfarande var tabubelagd.

Abstract [en]

This thesis examines sexual relations and the meeting between man and woman in Charles Bukowski’s authorship through the autobiographic protagonist Henry Chinaski in the novels Post Office and Women. The focus of the analysis is based on three aspects of the meeting: The initial meeting, the physical meeting and finally, love. Furthermore, the thesis discusses the taboo of dissociation between masculinity and femininity with focus on Yvonne Hirdman’s gender studies theories. By examining the male norm in addition to male and female sexuality these theories are applied to the novels by using a close reading method.

In conclusion, the thesis finally declasres that, although the male norm is confirmed bythe protagonist, Bukowski challenges, and criticizes the balance of power between thesexes. The female characters portrayed in the novels express their sexuality and initializesexual relationships in a time when women’s sexuality still was stigmatized.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 27 p.
Keyword [en]
Bukowski, Post Office, Women, gender, sex, sexuality
Keyword [sv]
Bukowski, Postverket, Kvinnor, genus, kön, sex, sexualitet
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-23444OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-23444DiVA: diva2:695895
Subject / course
HLK, Swedish Language and Literature
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Available from: 2014-03-04 Created: 2014-02-12 Last updated: 2014-03-04Bibliographically approved

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