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Queer & Crip seminar: "Transgendered configurations in Swedish literature 1800-1900"

Datum: 2016-11-02
Tid: 15:15-17:00
Plats: Lund
Arrangör: Lunds universitet
Typ: Seminar

Queer & Crip seminar: "Transgendered configurations in Swedish literature 1800-1900"

Sam Holmqvist is PhD student in Comparative Literature, currently working on a project about the history of transgender literature.

Sam Holmqvist's dissertation concerns transitions of sex and gender in 19th century Swedish prose fiction. There are several depictions of cross-dressings gender variations in fiction. But there is seldom much talk of transgender literature, and so far no one has written a Swedish transgender history of literature. Holmqvist’s dissertation is an attempt to change that.

Holmqvist’s dissertation studies a wide range of fiction in order to establish a pattern of the cross-dressing motif, and to discuss its implications for contemporary transgender readings. The primary objects of analysis are novels by romanticist Carl Jonas Love Almqvist and crime writer Aurora Ljungstedt, and the autobiography by Sweden’s wide known thief and cross-dresser Lars Molin (Lasse-Maja).