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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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Caroline Enberg is a PhD student and teacher at the English Unit of the University of Vaasa, Finland. She holds an MA in English Studies from the University of Vaasa and has studied gender at Umeå University, Sweden. She is currently working on her dissertation project concerning discursive identity construction in the online propaganda of female right-wing extremists. She has previously published on the male division of the British National Front and their member identity. Her general research interests include gender studies and Critical Discourse Analysis, with a particular focus on discursive self-representation and racist rhetoric.

Anna Foka is an associate senior lecturer in HUMlab, Umeå University. She defended her PhD thesis at the University of Liverpool in 2009. In addition to this, she has a MA in ancient history and the socio-political context of ancient theatre as an institution (Liverpool 2006), and a 4-year MA degree in Performance Studies (Athens, NCU 2003). She has published in the fields of gender and humour in antiquity and the reception of antiquity in popular culture, as well as digital history. Her forthcoming publications include a co-authored volume entitled Unmaking Gender with Humour and Laughter: Historical and Cultural Perspectives (Forthcoming 2015, Palgrave and McMillan). She is currently preparing a monograph on the Origins of Zoomorphism and Humour in Greek Culture.

Róisín Ní Ghallóglaigh is a singer and researcher of Irish traditional song. She is currently undertaking a PhD on metaphor, symbol and erotic expression in Irish...

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