The Disgust that Fascinates: Sibling Incest as a Bad Romance
Number of Authors: 2
2017 (English)In: Sexuality & Culture, ISSN 1095-5143, E-ISSN 1936-4822, Vol. 21, no 1, 121-141 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article compares the discourse of sibling incest evident in a corpus ofﬁction with the discourse found in clinical, sociological and criminal literature.Whereas the former prima rily regards the coupling as a bad romance, the latterpresents the idea that it is unequivocally harmful. This discrepancy between the twodiscourses surrounding sexual relationships between brothers and sisters speaks toliterary ﬁction’s need for thwarted romances for the purposes of the literary market.A more detailed look into three novels from the corpus, Tabitha Suzuma’s For-bidden (2010), Donna Tartt’s The Secret History (1992) and Pauline Melville’s TheVentriloquist’s Tale (1997) shows how this logic of sibling incest as a bad romanceworks in practice.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. Vol. 21, no 1, 121-141 p.
Sibling incest, Twincest, Romance, Affect, Fiction, Shame
Research subject English, Specialization in Didactics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-60548DOI: 10.1007/s12119-016-9386-6ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84992076928OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-60548DiVA: diva2:1047789
Validerad; 2017; Nivå 1; 2017-02-27 (rokbeg)2016-11-182016-11-182017-02-27Bibliographically approved