“The Girl and the Monster” in Literature and Comic Strips

Ingrid Holmquist
Department of Gender Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Kajsa Widegren
Department of Gender Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

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Ingår i: Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 25:28, s. 269-281

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Publicerad: 2007-11-27


ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


This paper will discuss the mediation of the theme of identity in the work of the Swedish writer and artist; Inger Edelfeldt. More specifically we explore how this thematics; which we call “the girl and the monster”; is presented in the novel Kamalas bok (1986) (Kamala´s book) as compared to her comic strip albums; Den feminina mystiken (The feminine mystique) and Hondjuret (The she-animal); both from the 1980’s. One aim of the paper is to show how media specificity brings out different but also similar aesthetic and discursive presentations. Another aim is to explore how intermedial analysis can deepen the understanding of the identity theme; as well as the respective medium. For example it can deepen your awareness of the element of visuality present in the literary text and the discursive element in visual media. In intermedial studies there is an interest in artists who use different media because of the assumption that the interrelations of their works should be illuminating for this type of study.


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