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  • 1. Brock, Malin Lidström
    A Review of Joanne Kilgour Dowdy’s Readers Of The Quilt: Essays About Being Black, Female And Literate2006In: Sobriquet Magazine, ISSN 1930-1820, Vol. 12, no 1Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 2.
    Brock, Malin Lidström
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.
    Almost French: Food, Gender and Class in the American Expatriate Memoir2013In: American Writers in Europe: 1850 to the Present, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, p. 207-223Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This essay explores links among food, class and gender in two memoirs written by contemporary American expatriates in France. The argument made is that references to French cuisine simultaneously create and resolve the tensions that arise in the texts when the authors describe their ideal and elitist lives to a presumed American female readership. Food references highlight the elitism of the French lifestyle, yet they also contribute to making the memoirs and the lifestyle that they advocate more accessible to readers when presented in the form of simple recipes or as integral parts of a self-narrative of developing tastes.

  • 3.
    Brock, Malin Lidström
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.
    Beyond Multiculturalism: Invisible Men in Percival Everett’s Erasure and Philip Roth’s The Human Stain2013In: Transcultural Identities in Contemporary Literature, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2013, p. 159-176Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In Philip Roth’s The Human Stain (2000) and Percival Everett’s Erasure (2001) multiculturalism is described as moralistic and essentialist; both novels present black American male protagonists who feel victimized by multiculturalism. Although critics have maintained that the two novels present a universalist view of American identity, in this essay, the argument is made that the novels’ implicit criticism of multiculturalism is better understood in transcultural terms.

  • 4. Brock, Malin Lidström
    Far From the Highway2008In: The Facts on File Companion to the World Novel: 1900 to the Present, New York: Facts on File, 2008, p. 265-266Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    The Facts On File Companion to the World Novel: 1900 to the Present is a new two-volume reference guide featuring more than 600 entries on the world's greatest modern novels and novelists, including everything from acknowledged classics to the best of contemporary fiction. Written in a clear, engaging style with contributions from literary scholars around the world, this appealing work is an essential tool for students of great literature. The analyses of novels and biographies of authors are complemented by appendixes including a bibliography and a list of writers by geographic region.

  • 5. Brock, Malin Lidström
    Fashion and Appearance2007In: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Popular Culture: Europe, Westpost, CT, USA: Greenwood International, 2007, p. 85-112Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Focusing on the cultural distinctiveness and diversity of the modern world, this six-volume reference is designed to meet the needs of today's multicultural classrooms and libraries. Thematic organization makes studying a broad range of topics-ranging from film and folk art to foods and fashions-ideal for students of American history and culture. Appealing to a wide range of audiences, the Encyclopedia of World Popular Culture gives readers quick access to the most intriguing countries of the world, all while offering critical insight into the influence of regional popular culture on contemporary societies over the past century.

  • 6. Brock, Malin Lidström
    Films2006In: Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work, Westport, CA: Greenwood International, 2006Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    The A-to-Z encyclopedia offers wide-ranging entries related to prostitution and the sex industry, past and present, both worldwide (mostly in the West) and in the United States. The topic of prostitution has high-interest appeal across disciplines, and the narrative entries illuminate literature, art, law, medicine, economics, politics, women's studies, religion, sociology, sexuality, film, popular culture, public health, nonfiction, American and world history, business, gender, media, education, crime, race, technology, performing arts, family, social work, social mores, pornography, the military, tourism, child labor, and more. It is targeted to the general reader, who will gain useful insight into the human race through time via its sex industry and prostitution.

  • 7. Brock, Malin Lidström
    Jansson, Tove (1914-2001)2008In: The Facts on File Companion to the World Novel: 1900 to the Present, New York: Facts on File, 2008, p. 339-340Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    The Facts On File Companion to the World Novel: 1900 to the Present is a new two-volume reference guide featuring more than 600 entries on the world's greatest modern novels and novelists, including everything from acknowledged classics to the best of contemporary fiction. Written in a clear, engaging style with contributions from literary scholars around the world, this appealing work is an essential tool for students of great literature. The analyses of novels and biographies of authors are complemented by appendixes including a bibliography and a list of writers by geographic region.

  • 8. Brock, Malin Lidström
    Moberg, Carl Arthur Wilhelm (1898-1973)2008In: The Facts on File Companion to the World Novel: 1900 to the Present, New York: Facts on File, 2008, p. 522-524Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 9. Brock, Malin Lidström
    Modernism2009In: The Cultural History of Reading: Europe and Britain, Westport, USA: Greenwood International, 2009, p. 227-250Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cultural History of Reading looks at books from their earliest beginnings through the present day, in both the U.S. and regions all over the world. Not only fiction and literature, but religious works, dictionaries, scientific works, and home guides have had an impact on not only their own time and place, but continue to capture the attention of readers today. Volume 1 examines the history of books in regions throughout the world, identifying both literature and non-fiction that was influenced by cultural events of its time.

  • 10.
    Brock, Malin Lidström
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.
    Philomena and Ireland’s Mother-and-baby Homes2015In: The Leaving of Ireland: Migration and Belonging in Irish Literature and Film, Bern: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2015, p. 47-68Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter examines the portrayal of Ireland's mother-and-baby homes in the generally well-received film Philomena and the account on which the film is based, the British journalist Martin Sixsmith's portrayal of Philomena Lee's life and search for her son, who had been given up to an American couple for adoption under coercive circumstances. Enforced adoptions have long been a part of Irish life that was silenced within official discourse, just as the women themselves were silenced under a blanket of shame and denial within a form of patriarchal nationalism. Cultural representations such as film and trauma biography will of course tend towards certain structures of storytelling that reveal in dramatic form the deep emotional wounds inflicted on the survivors, yet are often challenged by an official discourse as shallow and untrustworthy. This controversy draws attention to other conflicts and paradoxes that can operate when there are attempts to give a voice to the silenced or marginalized, yet such efforts have begun a process of forcing a re-evaluation of Ireland's narratives of nationhood through the twentieth century

  • 11. Brock, Malin Lidström
    Post-modernism2009In: The Cultural History of Reading: Europe and Britain, Westport, USA: Greenwood International, 2009, p. 251-274Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cultural History of Reading looks at books from their earliest beginnings through the present day, in both the U.S. and regions all over the world. Not only fiction and literature, but religious works, dictionaries, scientific works, and home guides have had an impact on not only their own time and place, but continue to capture the attention of readers today. Volume 1 examines the history of books in regions throughout the world, identifying both literature and non-fiction that was influenced by cultural events of its time.

  • 12. Brock, Malin Lidström
    Raskens2008In: The Facts on File Companion to the World Novel: 1900 to the Present, Facts on File, 2008, p. 650-651Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    The Facts On File Companion to the World Novel: 1900 to the Present is a new two-volume reference guide featuring more than 600 entries on the world's greatest modern novels and novelists, including everything from acknowledged classics to the best of contemporary fiction. Written in a clear, engaging style with contributions from literary scholars around the world, this appealing work is an essential tool for students of great literature. The analyses of novels and biographies of authors are complemented by appendixes including a bibliography and a list of writers by geographic region.

  • 13.
    Brock, Malin Lidström
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.
    Switching It On/Off: Emotional Performativity and Melodrama in The Vampire Diaries2014In: Americana : E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary, ISSN 1787-4637, E-ISSN 1787-4637, Vol. 10, no 1Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In late capitalist society, it does not matter whether emotions are genuine; what matters is that questionable actions are accompanied by public displays of regret and apology. Vampires have long been used as metaphors for capitalism. Like the neoliberal subject, the vampires on the television show The Vampire Diaries feel conflicted by their inability to separate their feelings from their more violent instincts. As such, the vampires, too, must learn the balancing act of switching on and off their “humanity” as the situation demands. In other words, they must learn to play their part in the contemporary apology theatre.

  • 14. Brock, Malin Lidström
    The Clenched Fists2008In: The Facts on File Companion to the World Novel: 1900 to the Present, New York: Facts on File, 2008, p. 168-169Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    The Facts On File Companion to the World Novel: 1900 to the Present is a new two-volume reference guide featuring more than 600 entries on the world's greatest modern novels and novelists, including everything from acknowledged classics to the best of contemporary fiction. Written in a clear, engaging style with contributions from literary scholars around the world, this appealing work is an essential tool for students of great literature. The analyses of novels and biographies of authors are complemented by appendixes including a bibliography and a list of writers by geographic region.

  • 15. Brock, Malin Lidström
    The Magical Revival Of Tornedalen: A Review of Mikael Niemi’s Popular Music2004In: The Oxonian Review, ISSN 2046-2808, Vol. 4, no 1Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 16. Brock, Malin Lidström
    et al.
    McLoughlin, Kate
    Tove Jansson Rediscovered2007Collection (editor) (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The nineteen essays in the volume, contributed by leading scholars from around the world, discuss themes of artistic and personal identity, gender and sexuality, childhood and old age in Jansson's work. Jansson's writing for children and adults, her paintings, cartoon-strips and illustrations are explored in contexts such as her membership of the Swedish-speaking minority in Finland and her life as an island-dweller. Assembling scholarship in children's literature, women's writing, queer theory, linguistic analysis and reception studies, Tove Jansson Rediscovered updates the critical understanding of an extraordinary writer and artist.

  • 17.
    Lidström Brock, Malin
    English Department of Oxford University.
    A Review of Joanne Kilgour Dowdy’s Readers Of The Quilt: Essays About Being Black, Female And Literate2006In: Sobriquet Magazine, ISSN 1930-1820Article, book review (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    What does it mean to be black, female and literate in the USA today? That is the question that the authors in Readers Of The Quilt are trying to answer. Literacy, according to the contributors to this essay collection, is more, or something else, than the technical mastering of reading and writing. It is a way of reading, being recognized and gaining a voice in the world. Each essay explores, in one form or another, what literacy means in the lives of black women in the USA today. As such, the collection offers both compelling examples and frustrating generalizations.

  • 18.
    Lidström Brock, Malin
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.
    Almost French: Food, Class and Gender in Contemporary American Expatriate Memoirs2012In: “Foods & Culture(s) in a Global Context”, 2012Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper explores the links among food, class and gender in memoirs written by two American expatriates living in France, Harriet Welty Rochefort and Suzy Gershman, respectively. It focuses on the tensions that arise in the texts when the two authors strive to describe their new, supposedly ideal lives in terms acceptable to a presumed American female readership. The argument I wish to make is that food is one of the means, if not the primary means, by which Rochefort and Gershman present themselves and their new life in Paris as both more “privileged” and “authentic” compared to their previous life in the USA, yet seemingly without challenging prevalent democratic and feminist ideologies in contemporary American society. 

  • 19.
    Lidström Brock, Malin
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.
    Biographical Fiction: The Case of Virginia Woolf in Manhattan2015In: “Biography”: Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association National Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. April, 2015., 2015Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 20.
    Lidström Brock, Malin
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.
    Mad, Bad or (Just) Sad?: Recent Biofiction of Zelda Fitzgerald2016Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 21.
    Lidström Brock, Malin
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.
    ‘My Inner French Girl: Translating the American Neoliberal Subject2014In: “Fashion, Style, Appearance, Consumption and Design,”: Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association National Conference, Chicago, Illinois, USA. April, 2014, 2014Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper deals with the construction of the neoliberal subject in lifestyle and makeover books that present the Frenchwoman as a feminine ideal. For decades, waves of nonfiction publications in what Vanity Fair calls the “Frenchwomen Know Best” genre have regularly washed over the American book market, among them Debra Ollivier’s book Entre Nous: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl (2003). In Ollivier’s guide the “French” female body can be understood a locus of desire for control over both the body and the self. Such control is self-imposed, this paper argues, and consists of what Foucault refers to as a series of disciplinary practices, driven by the agendas and interests of neoliberal capitalism. Instead of working as a form of rationality, this type of self-governmentality is better understood as operating through a series of competencies, such as the personal, the affective and the aesthetic. In this manner, neoliberal capitalism allows for more flexible accumulation, which includes self-actualizing forms of action and consumption that are simultaneously moderated by a social critique. These competencies, and the social critique they incorporate, are the very competencies that Ollivier assigns to the ideal “Frenchwoman." The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how the socially conscious consumerist subject in Ollivier’s book does not destabilize capitalism, but rather, helps the system to incorporate some of the values in whose names it is criticized.

  • 22.
    Lidström Brock, Malin
    The English Faculty, University of Oxford.
    ‘Simone and I’: Beyond Female Sympathy in Feminist Biography2009In: “Biographies on the Move,”: Points of Exit: (Un)conventional Representations of Age, Parenting, and Sexuality, 2009Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper explores the feminist potential of two materialist feminist/poststructuralist biographies of Simone de Beauvoir. Liberal and radical feminist critics, including the American literary critic Carolyn G. Heilbrun, have argued for a departure from traditional plots in biography. Heilbrun suggests that feminist biographers must seek to express women’s shared, authentic experiences. That is, they must take a “sympathetic” rather than objective stance towards their subject. In this sense, women’s biography will function both as a critique of patriarchal society and point to women’s possibilities through the individual example. Yet, postmodern feminist critics, such as historian Joan Wallace Scott, has voiced suspicion against the essentialism that she argues informs the notion of the sympathetic biographer, as well as the liberal humanism that underlies the very ideas of a coherent and rational (female) subject. The two biographers presented in this paper offer a viable alternative to this stalemate situation. Although they depart from the traditional realist biographical form, they still aim to fulfill the function of feminist biography, as it has been defined by Heilbrun. The result is a non-chronological, non-narrative biography, in which the biographer simultaneously stresses the particularity and universality of the subject. The pitfalls of this approach are also discussed.

  • 23.
    Lidström Brock, Malin
    Pembroke College, Oxford.
    The Magical Revival of Tornedalen: Mikael Niemi Popular Music Translated by Laurie Thompson, Perennial, 2004 400 pages ISBN 00071455192004In: The Oxonian Review of Books, Vol. 4, no 1Article, book review (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    If language is suggestive of how we understand the world, then ummikko speaks volumes about the culture that coined it. Ummikko is Mean Kieli (lit. ‘Our Language’), a Finnish dialect that is governed by the rules of Finnish grammar but which includes extensive and imaginative borrowing from Swedish vocabulary. It is spoken or understood by approximately 40,000 people, most of whom live in the north of Sweden close to the Finnish border. This area, usually referred to as Tornedalen, provides the setting for Mikael Niemi’s best-selling novel Popular Music, published in Sweden in 2000.

  • 24.
    Lidström Brock, Malin
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.
    ’The Seducer’s [Missing] Diary": Damon and the Aesthetics of Seduction in The Vampire Diaries2013In: “The Vampire in Literature, Culture and Film: I: The Vampire Diaries,”, 2013Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Everyone does it in the television series The Vampire Diaries, everyone except Damon, that is. They all write diaries. In “The Seducer’s Diary,” the best-known extract from his major philosophical works, Either/Or, Søren Kierkegaard presents a fictional example of the life of “the seducer,” which he positions in direct opposition to the ethical life. Kierkegaard’s seducer gains pleasure from the possibilities that a seduction offers, rather than from the act of seduction itself. In Kirekegaard’s text, aesthetic pleasure is derived primarily from the narration; the seducer creates scenarios solely to improve his diary’s aesthetics. In the first two seasons of The Vampire Diaries, Damon acts as the series’ primary vampiric seducer. Like Kierkegaard’s seducer, Damon appears to experience pleasure primarily on an aesthetic level. Yet unlike the former, he does not engage in diary writing. Diary writing suggests a self-reflexive mode, a tendency towards introspection, in which Damon, unlike his brother Stefan, is not interested. The diary form is also considered the least reliable type of life writing. In this paper, I argue that Damon achieves aesthetic pleasure through other means, more in tune with the medium in which his story is told. These means include the staging of “seduction” scenes that borrow their visual aesthetics from classic horror films, such as the use of fog and shadows. The paper goes on to argue that these acts imply a more artistic and sensitive side of Damon, in contrast to Stefan, whose emotional diary entries for a long time end up obscuring his less acceptable personality traits from viewers. 

  • 25.
    Lidström Brock, Malin
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.
    Virginia Woolf and Biofiction: Questions of Genre and Authorial Afterlife2015Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 26.
    Lidström Brock, Malin
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.
    Writing Feminist Lives: The Biographical Battles over Betty Friedan, Germaine Greer, Gloria Steinem, and Simone de Beauvoir2017Book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This book draws attention to the controversy that surrounds Betty Friedan, Germaine Greer, Gloria Steinem, and Simone de Beauvoir’s lives and the important role that their life stories have played in their feminist writing. Directly and indirectly, the four women have contributed to battles over feminism’s meaning through autobiographically informed political writing. Inevitably, therefore, their biographers are also participants in these battles, yet not always on the same side as their subjects. Writing Feminist Lives introduces a further fold of nuance into considerations of biography and feminism by showing that the biographers of the four women have made methodological choices that reflect their loyalty to, or their scepticism towards, competing ideological definitions of the exemplary feminist life. 

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