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Journeys into the Night: Othering Figures, Figurations of Otherness
Royal Institute of Art.
2018 (English)In: Lambda Nordica, ISSN 1100-2573, E-ISSN 2001-7286, ISSN 1100-2573, Vol. 23, no 1-2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay attempts to bring up to discussion how processes of othering maybe enacted within figurative language use. The tropes that will be examinedare a few examples of “the night” and “the journey,” and how they may take on different meanings depending on how, and by whom, they are embodied. En­ twining literary texts with cultural and postcolonial theory, this essay whishesto complicate the idea of the night in the Virginia Woolf essay Street Haunting, whose female protagonist steps into the role of the flâneur for one night – a night that traditionally is coded as a feminine entity for a male flâneur to excavate. My question is: How does nocturnal meaning transform, and into what or whomwill it transform when the subject conquering the supposedly feminine night, is coded as feminine just as well? Furthermore, this essay wishes to complicate the notion of the “journey” by turning to Frantz Fanon, Audre Lorde, and Claudia Rankine; all of whom – despite their differences – share one common thing: They have written about the journey in terms of metonymical, figurative language, namely the train seat. The aim of this essay is to shed light on and interpret these findings, adopting a critical, queer reading that to a certain extent unlearns the conventional content of these tropes. Instead, the endeavor of this essay is to trace more obscured and forgotten connections and paths that hopefully may indicate how some of our most common literary tropes are imbued with both a racialized and gendered meaning, which bespeaks the need for inventing new tropes.

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2018. Vol. 23, no 1-2
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poetic language, tropes, Claudia Rankine
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Humanities and the Arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kkh:diva-596OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kkh-596DiVA, id: diva2:1589609
Available from: 2021-08-31 Created: 2021-08-31 Last updated: 2022-02-10Bibliographically approved

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