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August 18, 2013

ART: Women who kill men: Gender, agency and subversion in Swedish crime novels

Author: Tiina Mäntymäki
Title: Women who kill men
Subtitle: Gender, agency and subversion in Swedish crime novels
Journal: European Journal of Women's Studies
Volume: In press
Year: Published online August 8, 2013
Pages: 14 pages
ISSN: 1350-5068 - eISSN: 1461-7420
Language: English
Full Text: SAGE Journals [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »The article discusses how women murderers embedded in the victim-turned-avenger narrative function as vehicles of social criticism in three contemporary Swedish crime novels, Henning Mankell’s The Fifth Woman, Håkan Nesser’s Woman with Birthmark and Fredrik Ekelund’s Nina och sundet [Nina and the Strait]. The murderers’ performances of murder, based on parody and irony, question masculinity and its institutionalized practices. By rendering vulnerable the discourse of hegemonic masculinity, these performances prove their subversiveness and critical potential. At the same time they renew the crime fiction genre and particularly the feminist crime novel in which female agency is identical with the agency of the detective.« [Source: European Journal of Women's Studies]

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