“That’s when he comes rushing into her life.” Swedish Literary Depictions of Human-Animal Sexual Contact at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century

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  • Ann-Sofie Lönngren

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https://doi.org/10.52537/humanimalia.9434

Abstract

This essay discusses three literary narratives written by Swedish authors Elsie Johansson (1984), Gabriella Håkansson (2003) and Lars Jakobson (2004), which all depict human-animal sexual contact. The analysis shows that two of these representations are written in the intersection of a bestiality paradigm and a pet paradigm, thus depicting sexual contact between human and animal as ultimately lethal, although instigated by love. The third narrative sketches another world in which human-animal sexual and romantic relationships are part of everyday life; ultimately, however, this comes across as an unsatisfying solution for both parties. The outcome of the investigation is the proposal that, during the course of the twentieth century, a rural, communicative, male sodomy paradigm seems to have given way to one of urban, silent, female sexuality.

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Author Biography

Ann-Sofie Lönngren

Ann-Sofie Lönngren is a full professor in literature currently working as a senior lecturer at Södertörn University, Sweden. Her research interests include northern-European literature after 1880, animal studies, interdisciplinarity, queer theory, transgender studies, education and intersectionality. Lönngren’s most recent book is Following the Animal. Power, Agency, and Human-Animal Transformations in Modern, Northern-European Literature (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015).

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Published

2020-09-10

How to Cite

Lönngren, A.-S. (2020). “That’s when he comes rushing into her life.” Swedish Literary Depictions of Human-Animal Sexual Contact at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century. Humanimalia, 12(1), 167–187. https://doi.org/10.52537/humanimalia.9434

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