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Identifying with Otherness: Readings of Jakob Wegelius’ novel Mördarens apa
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4382-132X
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8771-8597
Number of Authors: 22016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Digitization is practically inescapable for literature today, even when it is published in traditional book format. Books are reviewed on virtual networking sites, discussed in blogs and commented on Instagram, Twitter and in other networking communities. This was the case for Jakob Wegelius’ novel Mördarens apa [The Killer’s Ape], a nominee for best book for children and young adults. The aim of this study is to analyse Mördarens apa and to map its readings, as presented in media and social media. The theoretical framework draws on intersectionality theory (De los Reyes & Mulinari, 2005; Lykke, 2008) as well as posthumanist theory (Braidotti, 2002; 2013). The data collection method resembles virtual ethnography (cfr. Hine, 2015; Kozinets, 2010). The analysis uses an approach from the sociology of literature (e.g. Escarpit, 1970) in an attempt to understand how readers’ own readings of the novel deal with the theme of Otherness. The protagonist in Mördarens apa represents Otherness in many respects; Sally Jones is a mute, female gorilla who defines herself as a mechanic. The story takes place in a vaguely defined past and in settings far away from contemporary life. Tentative results show that the readings contain strong elements of identification with the Otherness. Keywords: Gorilla protagonist, Otherness, identification, media and social media. References: Braidotti, R. (2002). Metamorphoses: towards a materialist theory of becoming. Cambridge: Polity Press. Braidotti, R. (2013). The posthuman. Cambridge: Polity. De los Reyes, P. & Mulinari, D. (2005). Intersektionalitet: kritiska reflektioner över (o)jämlikhetens landskap. (1. uppl.) Malmö: Liber Escarpit, R. (1970). Litteratursociologi. Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand. Hine, C. (2015). Ethnography for the Internet: embedded, embodied and everyday. London:Bloomsbury Academic. Kozinets, R. V. (2010). Netnography: doing ethnographic research online. Los Angeles, Calif.: SAGE. Lykke, N. (2009). Genusforskning: en guide till feministisk teori, metodologi och skrift. (1. uppl.) Stockholm: Liber.

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Humanities and religion - Other humanities and religion
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Humaniora och religionsvetenskap - Övrig humaniora och religionsvetenskap
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Swedish and Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-31375Local ID: 58a0316b-62ad-4d01-9358-3dac5f4e3e77OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-31375DiVA, id: diva2:1004609
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IBBY international congress : Literature in a multi-literate world 18/08/2016 - 21/08/2016
Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2017-11-25Bibliographically approved

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