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Representing Pariah Femininity: Sexuality, gender, and class at the fin-de-siècle
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9821-4784
2017 (English)In: Nordic Theatre Studies, ISSN 0904-6380, E-ISSN 2002-3898, Vol. 29, no 1, p. 44-63Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses the representation of an actress’s sexuality, femininity, and class at the fin-de-siècle with an emphasis on pariah femininity. The central empirical sources for this study are the correspondence between King Oscar II (1829-1907) and Baroness Henriette Coyet (1859-1941) about the famous actress Ellen Hartman (1860-1945). Tracy C. Davis’s feminist historiographical methodology is put to use in the analysis in combination with Mimi Shipper’s notion pariah femininity. The analysis of the correspondence shows how the actress Ellen Hartman’s femininity was discursively constructed as pariah femininity embodying asexuality, excessive sexuality, and of a degenerate moral. It is argued that Hartman’s specific kind of pariah femininity is based on a perceived threat triggered by her public profession, sexual history and social ambition. Her body was sexualized, her sexuality demonized, and her appearance downgraded to defuse the threatening presence of her profession, femininity, and class. The historical sources also show a change of attitudes toward intersections of femininities and class.

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2017. Vol. 29, no 1, p. 44-63
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Pariah femininity, sexuality, gender, class, Ellen Hartman
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Performing Art Studies
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Theatre Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-151945DOI: 10.7146/nts.v29i1.103308ISI: 000419271600005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-151945DiVA, id: diva2:1176203
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Brytningspunkter och kontinuitet: scenkonstens förändrade roller i samhället 1880-1925
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Available from: 2018-01-21 Created: 2018-01-21 Last updated: 2018-04-23Bibliographically approved

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