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Cleaning Away the Bad Stuff : A Comparative Analysis of the Use of Cleaning for Getting Rid of Monstrosity in Dead Until Dark and Shakespeare's Landlord

Authors
  • Lindmark, Jenny
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2017
Source
DiVA - Academic Archive On-line
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Language
English
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Green
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Abstract

Abstract   This essay is analysing the presence of cleaning and grooming in the novels Shakespeare’s Landlord and Dead Until Dark, both by Charlaine Harris. Against the backdrop of teratology, the essay demonstrates how cleaning and grooming are means for the female protagonists Lily and Sookie to get rid of their inner and outer monstrosities. Their respective monstrosity is defined against the definition of monstrosity by David J. Skal in Monster Theory Seven Theses and the need to get rid of monstrosity is discussed against the theories of Julia Kristeva and Mary Douglas.

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