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Tale of Transgression: Charlie and the Representation of Female Homosexuality in Interwar Sweden
Södertörn University College in Stockholm, Sweden.
2005 (English)In: NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, ISSN 0803-8740, E-ISSN 1502-394X, Vol. 13, no 1, 9-19 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The first Swedish novel with a female homosexual protagonist, Charlie, was published in 1932, and this essay focuses on an analysis of three topoi in it, namely “the unveiling of a secret”, “the triangle of desire”, and “the scene at the mirror”. These topoi correspond to prevalent cultural representations of female homosexuality in the interwar period, under the headings of the three Ms: Masculinity, Mothering, and Mirrors, respectively. The main points of reference in the analysis are taken from sexology, psychoanalysis, and Radclyffe Hall's novel The Well of Loneliness, but it is argued that the narrative of Charlie transcends the restraining categories and normative classifications it presents.

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2005. Vol. 13, no 1, 9-19 p.
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Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-115835OAI: diva2:800345
Available from: 2015-04-02 Created: 2015-04-02 Last updated: 2016-05-03Bibliographically approved

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