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Author: Maria Helena Svensson
Publication title: Her mother and his hand?: A study of possessives and nouns in Bridget Jones’s Diary and fan fiction
Conference: NORLIT 2009: Codex and Code, Aesthetics, Language and Politics in an Age of Digital Media, Stockholm, August 6-9, 2009
Publication type: Article
Issue: 42
Article No.: 20
Language: English
Abstract: The interdisciplinary project “Cyber Echoes” analyses fan fiction, texts written by fans who use characters, places and themes from a source text, place them in a context they construct, and publish the texts on the Internet. One part of this project is linguistically oriented, and sets out to examine the language of a source text (a novel, a tv-series, a movie etc.) and the texts written by fans. This is where this paper is initiated. Is is also inspired by a Danish article by Scheuer (1995, english title: ‘His wife and her breasts’), who has made a quantitative study of the possessive pronouns in the dictionary “Den danske ordbog” (‘The Danish Dictionary’). What is interesting is of course not the pronouns themselfs, but rather what follows. “His” followed by a certain noun tells us something about male ownership, while what follows after “her” shows some relation between certain objects/ phenomena and women. While such a study can be interesting in itself, this paper aims to compare a source text – in this case Bridget Jones’s diary by Helen Fielding – with some fantexts that take place in the Bridget Jones universe. The object of the study is the nouns that follow the possessive pronouns, and the focus is to detect similarities and differences in the texts with a gender aspect in mind.
Publisher: Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet
Year: 2009
Available: 2010-04-27
No. of pages: 19
Pages: 239-257
Series: Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print): 1650-3740
ISSN (online): 1650-3686
File: http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/042/020/ecp0942020.pdf

Svensson, Maria Helena (2009). Her mother and his hand?: A study of possessives and nouns in Bridget Jones’s Diary and fan fiction. http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/042/020/ (2022-09-25)

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