Much attention has been paid to biological aspects of reproduction, and little to the aesthetics of pregnancy. In this thesis, I redress the imbalance. Through a literary study of feminist notions on pregnancy, I examine how three examples of the new blossoming of pregnant motifs in Danish contemporary literature renegotiates and contests cultural understandings of pregnancy and which critical images they offer instead. Based on an analysis of Cecilie Linds poem Ragusa, Asta Olivia Nordenhofs essay “Barslens Form” and Bjørn Rasmussens novel, Jeg er gråhvid, I argue that the works demonstrate how thinking through pregnancy is an act of subversion that contests persevering understandings of simultaneously the pregnant woman and the human, that disturb conventional distinctions between subject and object, self and “other”, human and non-human. Moreover, I argue that the works encourage us to reflect on how our understandings of the human and our relationship with each other might look like when we rethink the self, society, ethics, and our relationship with the non-living through the pregnant body.
Encouraged by how the literature aesthetically utilizes the pregnant body as a body to think with, I concludingly apply the pregnant figure as a model to (re)read texts with, that can expose underlying fictions, bring out new images and offer different perspectives. Based on my reflections on how we can read with the model of the pregnant, I present the notion of “the pregnant ghost”, that in all its absence haunts the Western tradition.
|Uddannelser||Dansk, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||31 dec. 2019|
|Vejledere||Lasse Horne Kjældgaard & Ulrik Schmidt|