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The first Woman born with a Difference: En komparativ queerläsning av Djuna Barnes Ladies Almanack
Södertörn University College, School of Gender, Culture and History.
2009 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is a comparative study of Djuna Barnes' 1928 book Ladies Almanack and turn of the century sexological texts focusing on Havelock Ellis' studies of 'sexual inversion in women'. The study is based on queer theory concepts from Judith Butler and Fanny Ambjörnson as well as Michel Foucault's studies of the history of sexuality. After a presentation of the theoretical concepts and a short introduction of earlier research on Barnes' works my reading and conclusions are presented in five chapters focusing on different theoretical and thematic aspects of the studied texts. A recapitulation and discussion ends the thesis.

In short, my conclusions are that Ladies Almanack contrary to earlier research can be read as a queer text, and a form of counter-discourse to the general one regarding lesbianism in the early 1900's. The text also reveals itself as a pointed critique and a satire of Havelock Ellis' writings on 'sexual inversion in women'. As well, when read against Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness, perhaps the archetypal 'lesbian novel', Hall's book reveals itself as an echo of the same discourse Barnes opposes.

 

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2009. , 29 p.
Keyword [en]
Djuna Barnes, Ladies Almanack, Havelock Ellis, queer, Radclyffe Hall
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-3054OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-3054DiVA: diva2:288520
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2010-01-11, 10:00 (Swedish)
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Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2010-01-21 Created: 2010-01-21 Last updated: 2010-01-21Bibliographically approved

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