Collective residences

JENNY BJÖRKLUND

From Monday, 14 March 2022 to Monday, 21 March 2022

JENNY BJÖRKLUND
Professor of Gender Studies
Sweden

Bio

rofessor of Gender Studies at Uppsala University. She is the author of Maternal Abandonment and Queer Resistance in Twenty-First-Century Swedish Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), Lesbianism in Swedish Literature: An Ambiguous Affair (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), and a book on women poets and Swedish modernism (2004, in Swedish). She has co-edited several volumes, for instance New Dimensions of Diversity in Nordic Culture and Society, with Ursula Lindqvist (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016), and she was senior editor of lambda nordica, a Nordic journal for LGBTQ studies between 2012 and 2020. She has published extensively on subjects such as motherhood and family in contemporary Swedish literature, gender and sexuality in Nordic literature and film, women and modernism, and literature and embodiment. Her work has appeared in Contemporary Women’s Writing, Women’s Studies, Scandinavian Studies, and Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap, as well as in edited volumes.

Project

Resisting Stereotypes of Non-Motherhood
Women who do not have children are usually represented in negative ways, but a quick survey of twenty-first-century Swedish literature suggests that this literature has a slightly different approach to non-motherhood. I will explore representations of women who do not have children in twenty-first-century Swedish literature. I will analyse how these representations negotiate around and sometimes resist stereotypical images of women without children, for instance by using humour, by embracing and reclaiming the negative stereotypes through in an in-your-face attitude, or by suggesting other, more collective ways of organizing family life and close relations.

Notícies, articles i activitats

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