Maternal Abandonment and Queer Resistance in Twenty-First-Century Swedish Literature

Authors: Björklund, Jenny

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  • Considers an understudied aspect of literary representations of motherhood
  • Draws on feminist theory as well as queer theory
  • Demonstrates the complexity of family life and motherhood even in a welfare state where gender equality is emphasized 
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This book questions why so many mothers leave their families in twenty-first-century Swedish literature, analyzing literary representations of maternal abandonment in relation to sociopolitical discourses. The volume draws on a queer-theoretical framework in order to highlight norm-critical dimensions, failure, and resistance in literature about motherhood. Jenny Björklund argues that novels about mothers who leave can be understood as ways to problematize and challenge Swedish-branded values like gender equality and a progressive family politics that promotes ideals of involved parenthood, the nuclear family, and pronatalism. The book also raises questions beyond the Swedish context about maternal ambivalence, family politics, and privilege and discusses how literature can work as resistance and provide alternatives to the current social order.


About the authors

Jenny Björklund is Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Comparative Literature at Uppsala University, Sweden. Her books include Lesbianism in Swedish Literature: An Ambiguous Affair (2014), and, as co-editor with Ursula Lindqvist, New Dimensions of Diversity in Nordic Culture and Society (2016).

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“The book is very well grounded in contemporary research into not only literary motherhood, but also actual motherhood and the effects of government policy. Björklund analyses the novels through the lens of feminist, gender, and queer studies effectively, but she also pays attention to the perspectives of class and ethnicity. The result is an in-depth and insightful investigation which will be of great interest to an international audience.” (Berit Åström, Associate Professor of English Literature at the Department of Language Studies, Umeå University, Sweden, and editor of Single Parents: Representations and Resistance in an International Context (Palgrave Macmillan 2021))

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Maternal Abandonment and Queer Resistance in Twenty-First-Century Swedish Literature
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-72892-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-72892-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-72891-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 293
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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