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Make yourself at home!: adolescents in search of the queer spaces of home
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.
2014 (English)In: Barnboken, ISSN 0347-772X, E-ISSN 2000-4389, Vol. 37, no 1, 1-18 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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‘Home’ is often assumed to be a safe place, a place to which children can return after their adventures ‘Away’. For many gay and lesbian teens, both fictional and in real life, however, the space they share with their family of origin is not a place where they can feel ‘at home’. The heterosexual family home is often so hostile to queerly desiring teens that they are forced to leave in search of a place in search of a place where they can feel at home. The queer spaces the enter in their search are usually defined in terms of risk – public spaces, urban spaces, the bar and the street – unhomely spaces. In these temporary, in-between spaces, the queerly desiring teens in the novels examined in this paper form new family structures. Although all the novels end on moments of up-lift and hope for the future, the association of the queerly desiring youngster with risky spaces suggests that the queer teens are themselves unheimlich (uncanny).

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2014. Vol. 37, no 1, 1-18 p.
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English, Specialization in Didactics
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-14531Local ID: de53a10b-ebfb-4898-b87e-aefc89f5ad56OAI: diva2:987504
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