Mäntymäki 2013 Women

Title Information

Author: Tiina Mäntymäki

Title: Women who kill men

Subtitle: Gender, agency and subversion in Swedish crime novels

Journal: European Journal of Women's Studies

Volume: In press


Year: Published online August 8, 2013

Pages: 14 pages

ISSN: 1350-5068 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1461-7420 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Swedish History | Representations: Literature / Håkan Nesser

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Author: Tiina Mäntymäki, Englannin kielen yksikkö [Department of English], Vaasan yliopisto [University of Vaasa]

Abstract: »The article discusses how women murderers embedded in the victim-turned-avenger narrative function as vehicles of social criticism in three contemporary Swedish crime novels, Henning Mankell’s The Fifth Woman, Håkan Nesser’s Woman with Birthmark and Fredrik Ekelund’s Nina och sundet [Nina and the Strait]. The murderers’ performances of murder, based on parody and irony, question masculinity and its institutionalized practices. By rendering vulnerable the discourse of hegemonic masculinity, these performances prove their subversiveness and critical potential. At the same time they renew the crime fiction genre and particularly the feminist crime novel in which female agency is identical with the agency of the detective.« [Source: European Journal of Women's Studies]


  Analysing female murderers in crime novels
  Performance of monstrosity
  Overthrow of symbols of male power
  Questioning capitalist exploitation
  Marriage, madness or suicide?

Wikipedia: Håkan Nesser, Woman with Birthmark

Added: August 17, 2013 | Last updated: August 17, 2013