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The chapters in this interdisciplinary anthology study the construction of gender in different historical, textual, economic and political contexts. This wide ranging body of scholarly work thereby contributes to the study of the considerable variations in the way in which gender constructions are and have been perceived, portrayed, internalised, subverted and transformed in widely different historical, political, cultural and geographical situations. While examining the particular characteristics of the contexts that are studied, the contributors establish connections to other chapters in the volume in order to make explicit the differences and similarities between different discourses. This dialogical approach serves to foreground both the structural nature of gender relations and the fact that femininities and masculinities are constructed and therefore take different forms in different historical periods and geographical locations.
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Katarina Gregersdotter is Senior Lecturer in English at the Department of Language Studies at Umea University, Sweden, and a literary critic. She has recently coedited an anthology on rape in Scandinavian and Anglophone crime fiction (forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan). Her research interests include a variety of topics such as the figure of the zombie, the Scandinavian welfare state, gender and emotion studies, Margaret Atwood, and crime fiction. Nicklas Hallen is Lecturer in English literature and Cultural Studies at the Department of Language Studies at Umea University, Sweden. His research interests include masculinity in postcolonial literature, colonial literature for young adults, travel writing and poetry, modernist primitivism and Scandinavian travel writing about the Middle East. Hallen and Gregersdotter are currently working on a project about post-9/11 masculinity in European cinema.
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