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Åström, B. (2015). The Symbolic Annihilation of Mothers in Popular Culture: Single Father and the death of the mother. Feminist Media Studies, 15(4), 593-607.
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2015 (English)In: Feminist Media Studies, ISSN 1468-0777, E-ISSN 1471-5902, Vol. 15, no 4, 593-607 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article takes as its starting point the paradoxical representation of mothers in popular culture. On the one hand the mother is constructed as central to the physical and emotional development of the child; on the other, she is routinely rejected or elided, questioned, and vilified. One expression of this ambivalent attitude is the re-circulation of the trope of the dead mother. The trope, which ostensibly is employed to create sympathy for a character, or simply to drive the plot, often also privileges fathers, suggesting that children are better off without mothers. After a brief genre overview of the use of the trope of the dead mother on film and television, the article analyses how the BBC serial Single Father, with its repeated depictions of the mother's violent death, develops the trope, by not only privileging the father and vilifying the dead mother, but also reducing her death to a plot point, a backdrop for romance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2015
Keyword
dead mothers, film, television, literature, popular culture
National Category
Cultural Studies
Research subject
genusvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-97709 (URN)10.1080/14680777.2014.994100 (DOI)2-s2.0-84920509111 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2015-01-07 Created: 2015-01-07 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
Åström, B., Gregersdotter, K. & Horeck, T. (2013). Introduction. In: Berit Åström, Katarina Gregersdotter, Tanya Horeck (Ed.), Rape in Stieg Larsson's Millennium and Beyond: Contemporary Scandinavian and Anglophone Crime Fiction (pp. 1-18). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
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2013 (English)In: Rape in Stieg Larsson's Millennium and Beyond: Contemporary Scandinavian and Anglophone Crime Fiction / [ed] Berit Åström, Katarina Gregersdotter, Tanya Horeck, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, 1-18 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
Keyword
crime fiction, stieg larsson, sexual violence, politics, feminism, gender, film
National Category
Specific Literatures
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60675 (URN)978-0230308404 (ISBN)
Available from: 2012-10-22 Created: 2012-10-22 Last updated: 2013-06-10Bibliographically approved
Åström, B. (2013). Over Her Dismembered Body: The Crime Fiction of Mo Hayder and Jo Nesbø. In: Berit Åström, Katarina Gregersdotter, Tanya Horeck (Ed.), Rape in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy and Beyond: Contemporary Scandinavian and Anglophone Crime Fiction (pp. 97-113). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Over Her Dismembered Body: The Crime Fiction of Mo Hayder and Jo Nesbø
2013 (English)In: Rape in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy and Beyond: Contemporary Scandinavian and Anglophone Crime Fiction / [ed] Berit Åström, Katarina Gregersdotter, Tanya Horeck, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, 97-113 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
Keyword
body, corpse, dismemberment, sexual violence, politics, feminism, gender
National Category
Specific Literatures
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60674 (URN)978-0230308404 (ISBN)
Available from: 2012-10-22 Created: 2012-10-22 Last updated: 2013-06-10Bibliographically approved
Åström, B., Gregersdotter, K. & Horeck, T. (Eds.). (2013). Rape in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy and Beyond: Contemporary Scandinavian and Anglophone Crime Fiction. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Rape in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy and Beyond: Contemporary Scandinavian and Anglophone Crime Fiction
2013 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

With its powerful images of rape and revenge, Stieg Larsson's bestselling Millennium trilogy has made a major impact on the contemporary crime novel. This collection explores the role that rape plays in contemporary crime fiction, examining the sexually violent images at the heart of the Millennium trilogy in its many guises – from novels, to Swedish film adaptations, to Hollywood blockbuster. At the centre of discussion is Larsson's female heroine, Lisbeth Salander, one of popular culture's most unforgettable characters. The collection evaluates her status as a twenty-first century heroine, arguing that what makes Salander so interesting and culturally relevant, is her blend of vulnerability and violence.

Putting Larsson's work into dialogue with a range of contemporary Scandinavian and Anglophone crime novelists, including Jo Nesbø, Håkan Nesser, Mo Hayder and Val McDermid, these essays offer cross-cultural insights into how notions of sexual violence, victims and vengeance are constructed. Opening up a range of vital new questions, the book interrogates the very terms by which we understand and encounter violent images in popular fiction and film.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 232 p.
Keyword
rape, crime fiction, sexual violence, politics, feminism, gender, film
National Category
Specific Literatures
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60673 (URN)978-0230308404 (ISBN)
Available from: 2012-10-22 Created: 2012-10-22 Last updated: 2013-06-10Bibliographically approved
Gregersdotter, K., Isaksson, M., Lindgren Leavenworth, M., Svensson, M. H. & Åström, B. (2011). Editorial: Textual Echoes. Transformative Works and Cultures (8).
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2011 (English)In: Transformative Works and Cultures, ISSN 1941-2258, E-ISSN 1941-2258, no 8Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Organization for Transformative Works, 2011
Keyword
Academic, Conference, Fan fiction, Proceedings
National Category
Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-49719 (URN)10.3983/twc.2012.0390 (DOI)
Available from: 2011-11-15 Created: 2011-11-15 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
Åström, B. (2011). Referred pain: privileging male emotions in narrative instances of female physical suffering. Journal of Gender Studies, 20(2), 125-137.
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2011 (English)In: Journal of Gender Studies, ISSN 0958-9236, E-ISSN 1465-3869, Vol. 20, no 2, 125-137 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyses literary patterns of female subordination, and focuses in particular on what the author terms "referred pain." By juxtaposing two early modern texts, William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus and Aphra Behn's Oroonoko, with two modern visual texts, John Woo's Mission Impossible 2 and Baz Lurhman's Moulin Rouge, the author discusses the recurring trope of privileging male emotional suffering over female physical suffering, and suggests that one reason for the continuing popularity of this can be sought in the kinship system and its exchange of women. The article argues for the application of a transhistorical perspective when studying literature, as a means of revealing patterns that may otherwise go unnoticed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2011
Keyword
sexual exploitation, exchange of women, kinship system, transhistoricism, early modern texts, film
National Category
General Literature Studies Studies on Film
Research subject
Literature; English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-45320 (URN)10.1080/09589236.2011.565193 (DOI)
Available from: 2011-07-04 Created: 2011-07-04 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved
Åström, B. (2010). "Let's get those Winchesters pregnant": Male pregnancy in Supernatural fan fiction. Transformative Works and Cultures, 4.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Let's get those Winchesters pregnant": Male pregnancy in Supernatural fan fiction
2010 (English)In: Transformative Works and Cultures, ISSN ISSN 1941-2258, Vol. 4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article investigates mpreg slash fiction—same-sex relationships featuring male pregnancy—based on the television series Supernatural, looking at issues of gender and genre. It has been argued that slash writing is a highly subversive and resisting activity, appropriating someone else's characters and rewriting the romance script to suit different tastes than those prescribed by patriarchy. Yet fan fic texts are very diverse and it is difficult, if not impossible, to draw any general conclusions from them. The theme of male pregnancy has the potential to produce narratives that challenge our notions of gender, identity, sexual and social practices, as well as parenthood. Although the fan fiction I have analyzed all deals with these notions in various ways, the focus lies elsewhere. The authors of the texts focus more on exploring Sam and Dean as fathers and homemakers, on writing about family life, with all its traditional trappings. When the authors bring pregnancy into the equation, they draw on narrative and social conventions that follow this experience, resulting in conventional stories set in a very unconventional universe

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Organization for Transformative Works, 2010
Keyword
fan fiction, mpreg, slash, gender, genre
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-32500 (URN)10.3983/twc.2010.0135 (DOI)
Note
OnlinetidskriftAvailable from: 2010-03-15 Created: 2010-03-15 Last updated: 2010-03-17Bibliographically approved
Åström, B. (2008). Livslångt lärande - att undervisa utbytesstudenter. LMS - Lingua, 4.
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2008 (Swedish)In: LMS - Lingua, Vol. 4Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-11402 (URN)
Available from: 2008-12-19 Created: 2008-12-19 Last updated: 2011-01-10Bibliographically approved
Åström, B. (2008). The Politics of Tradition: Examining the History of the Old English poems The Wife's Lament and Wulf and Eadwacer. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG.
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2008 (English)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Book Description:

In recent years, Anglo-Saxonists have widened the scope of their studies to include not only various aspects of Anglo-Saxon society and literature, but also their own discipline. Studying the scholarship on The Wife's Lament and Wulf and Eadwacer, Åström examines the roles of these scholars in the critical history of the two poems. These poems are two of the most haunting, and at the same time cryptic, texts of the entire Old English corpus. Because of these characteristics, the research they inspire is wide-ranging, imaginative and provocative. The study focuses mainly on two aspects of scholarly research: the emergence of a professional identity among Anglo-Saxonist scholars and their choice of either a metaphoric or metonymic approach to the material. A final chapter charts the concomitant changes within Old English feminist studies. The study summarises the approaches to points of ambiguity in the poems and provides a comprehensive bibliography of twentieth century scholarship on the two texts, which should make it not only a concise introduction to the field of Old English studies, but also a useful work of reference for anyone wishing to pursue further research on the poems.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
VDM Verlag Dr. Müller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG, 2008. 148 p.
Keyword
identitet, feminism, fornengelska, filologi, poesi, teori
National Category
General Literature Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-10322 (URN)978-3639057676 (ISBN)3639057678 (ISBN)
Available from: 2008-08-12 Created: 2008-08-12 Last updated: 2013-07-31Bibliographically approved
Åström, B. (2002). The Politics of Tradition: Examining the History of the Old English Poems The Wife's Lament and Wulf and Eadwacer. (Doctoral dissertation). Umeå: Umeå universitet.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Politics of Tradition: Examining the History of the Old English Poems The Wife's Lament and Wulf and Eadwacer
2002 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Old English literary studies is a fascinating field of research which spans many various approaches including philology and linguistics as well as literary and cultural theories. The field is characterised by a certain conservatism, what in this thesis is referred to as tradition. This thesis examines the scholarship on The Wife's Lament and Wulf and Eadwacer, projecting its cumbersome affinities with tradition as a conservative force as well as the resistance against it. The investigation focuses mainly on two aspects of scholarly research: the emergence of a professional identity among Anglo-Saxonist scholars and their choice of either a metaphoric or metonymic approach to the material. A final chapter studies the concomitant changes within Old English feminist studies. The thesis also summarises the approaches to points of ambiguity in the poems, and provides a comprehensive bibliography of scholarship on the two texts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet, 2002. 149 p.
Series
Skrifter från moderna språk, ISSN 1650-304X ; 5
Keyword
English language, anamorphosis, feminism, identity, literature, metaphor, metonymy, Old English, Old English literature, Old English poetry, philology, theory, tradition in literature, Engelska
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60 (URN)91-7305-318-X (ISBN)
Available from: 2002-10-26 Created: 2002-10-26 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
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