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Deviant Women

Cultural, Linguistic and Literary Approaches to Narratives of Femininity

Edited By Tiina Mäntymäki, Marinella Rodi-Risberg and Anna Foka

This multidisciplinary collection of articles illuminates the ways in which the concept of female deviance is represented, appropriated, re-inscribed and refigured in a wide range of texts across time, cultures and genres. Such a choice of variety shows that representations of deviance accommodate meaning-making spaces and possibilities for resistance in different socio-cultural and literary contexts. The construct of the deviant woman is analysed from literary, sociolinguistic and historical-cultural perspectives, revealing insights about cultures and societies. Furthermore, the studies recognise and explain the significance of the concept of deviance in relation to gender that bespeaks a contemporary cultural concern about narratives of femininity.
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The editors of this volume, Tiina Mäntymäki, Marinella Rodi-Risberg and Anna Foka would like to express their gratitude, first and foremost, to the University of Vaasa (Faculty of Philosophy and English Studies) as well as Umeå University (Umeå Centre for Gender Studies and HUMlab) for their ongoing scholarly and financial support.

We recognise that this volume would not have been possible without the continuous mentoring and scholarly inspiration of Professors Jonas Lilliequist (School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Umeå University), Cecilia Lindhé (HUMlab, Umeå University) and Anna Croon Fors (UCGS & Informatics, Umeå University). We also feel the need to thank Malin Isaksson (Senior Lecturer at the Department of Language Studies, Umeå University), Merja Koskela (Professor of Communication Studies, University of Vaasa), Päivi Lappalainen (Professor of Finnish Literature, University of Turku), Kukku Melkas! (PhD, Senior Lecturer, Finnish Literature, University of Turku), Heidi Grönstrand (PhD, Researcher, Finnish Literature, University of Turku) and Gerald Porter (Professor Emeritus of English Literature and Culture, University of Vaasa), for supporting the publication by acting as external readers for individual contributions. In addition, our thanks go to Jukka Tiusanen (University of Vaasa) for kindly commenting on one of the individual contributions. We would also like to extend out thanks to Kari Parrott for language editing the introduction and several of the individual chapters.

We wish to thank the individual contributors of this volume for their excellent ideas, prompt timings and professionalism throughout the completion of the process...

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