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Holmgren Troy, MariaORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-7640-0639
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Holmgren Troy, M. (2018). Adapting Ideologies: Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital and Matt Reeves’s Let Me In. In: : . Paper presented at Maple Leaf and Eagle conference in North American Studies,"Ideas,Ideals, and Ideologies," Helsinki, May 16-18, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Adapting Ideologies: Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital and Matt Reeves’s Let Me In
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper will draw on Linda Hutcheon’s account in A Theory of Adaptation (2013) of “transculturating” and “transcultural adaptations” in examining how two American adaptations of Nordic Gothic texts – Stephen King’s TV series Kingdom Hospital (2004) and Matt Reeves’s movie Let Me In (2010) – change what Hutcheon calls the “ideological valences” of the adapted texts: Lars von Trier’s Danish TV series Riget (1994, 1997) and John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Swedish novel Låt den rätte komma in (2004) and its subsequent 2008 Swedish film adaptation. All of these narratives introduce ghosts and/or vampires into actually existing and, to a large extent, realistically depicted late twentieth- or early twenty-first-century Scandinavian and American environments. However, I will argue that there are significant ideological differences between the Nordic and the American texts, which have an impact on both the aesthetics and the effects of these Gothic or horror narratives.

Keywords
adaptation, ideologies, Nordic Gothic, Stephen King, Matt Reeves
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-67752 (URN)
Conference
Maple Leaf and Eagle conference in North American Studies,"Ideas,Ideals, and Ideologies," Helsinki, May 16-18, 2018
Available from: 2018-06-18 Created: 2018-06-18 Last updated: 2018-06-26Bibliographically approved
Holmgren Troy, M. (2018). Juliette Wells, Reading Austen in America [Review]. American Studies in Scandinavia, 50(2), 125-128
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Juliette Wells, Reading Austen in America
2018 (English)In: American Studies in Scandinavia, ISSN 0044-8060, Vol. 50, no 2, p. 125-128Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-70631 (URN)000452941800011 ()
Available from: 2018-12-28 Created: 2018-12-28 Last updated: 2019-02-07Bibliographically approved
Holmgren Troy, M. (2018). Placing the Gothic in American Adaptations of Nordic Texts. In: : . Paper presented at 10th Biennial Conference of the Swedish Association for American Studies (SAAS), Stockholm, 28-30 September 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Placing the Gothic in American Adaptations of Nordic Texts
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Keywords
American adaptations, Nordic Gothic
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-69627 (URN)
Conference
10th Biennial Conference of the Swedish Association for American Studies (SAAS), Stockholm, 28-30 September 2018
Available from: 2018-10-13 Created: 2018-10-13 Last updated: 2018-12-13Bibliographically approved
Holmgren Troy, M. (2016). Chronotopes in Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. African American Review, 49(1), 19-34
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Chronotopes in Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
2016 (English)In: African American Review, ISSN 1062-4783, E-ISSN 1945-6182, Vol. 49, no 1, p. 19-34Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article employs Bakhtin’s concept of the chronotope to examine the interrelatedness of different places, temporalities, characterization, and values in Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Focusing on the complex interactions of four chronotopes—Dr. Flint’s house, the provincial town, the grandmother’s house, and the garret—the article yields a deeper understanding of how Jacobs critiques antebellum American society and, at the same time, constructs the grandmother’s house as chronotope as a site of negotiation with her most obvious historical addressee: the Northern white middle-class woman.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016
Keywords
chronotopes, Bakhtin, Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, time, place
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-41951 (URN)000373205800003 ()
Available from: 2016-04-30 Created: 2016-04-29 Last updated: 2018-12-19Bibliographically approved
Holmgren Troy, M. (2016). Dealing with the Uncanny?: Cultural Adaptation in Matt Reeves’s Vampire Movie Let Me In. American Studies in Scandinavia, 48(1), 25-41
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Dealing with the Uncanny?: Cultural Adaptation in Matt Reeves’s Vampire Movie Let Me In
2016 (English)In: American Studies in Scandinavia, ISSN 0044-8060, Vol. 48, no 1, p. 25-41Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to examine cultural adaptation and uncanny potential in Matt Reeves’s vampire movie Let Me In (2010), which is an adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s vampire novel Låt den rätte komma in (2004) – in English translation, Let the Right One In (2007) – and the Swedish film adaptation (2008), for which Lindqvist wrote the screenplay. The article draws on Linda Hutcheon’s theoretical account of “transculturating” and “transcultural adaptations” as well as on different discussions of the uncanny. My analysis establishes that both films evoke the uncanny by introducing horror into the familiar and ordinary as represented by the geographical setting; however, it also shows that there are significant ideological differences between the American film and the Swedish film and novel concerning gender and sexuality, particularly related to the two central figures of the boy and the vampire, but also in relationships that can be regarded as part of the general social and cultural setting. In short, gender-bending and sexual ambiguities, in addition to the uncanny aspects of the human protagonist, are omitted in the American version. In these respects, Reeves’s adaptation is less complex, less uncanny, and much more ideologically conservative than the Swedish versions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nordic association for American studies, 2016
Keywords
Matt Reeves, Let Me In, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Right One In, cultural adaptation, the uncanny, horror film, vampire fiction  
National Category
General Literature Studies Specific Languages
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-42911 (URN)000377421500003 ()
Available from: 2016-06-13 Created: 2016-06-13 Last updated: 2018-01-10Bibliographically approved
Holmgren Troy, M. (2016). The fact of metafiction in nineteenth-century children's literature: Nathaniel Hawthorne's A Wonder Book and Elizabeth Stoddard's Lolly Dinks's Doings. Nordic Journal of English Studies, 15(2), 132-141
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The fact of metafiction in nineteenth-century children's literature: Nathaniel Hawthorne's A Wonder Book and Elizabeth Stoddard's Lolly Dinks's Doings
2016 (English)In: Nordic Journal of English Studies, ISSN 1654-6970, E-ISSN 1654-6970, Vol. 15, no 2, p. 132-141Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines two American books for children: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys (1851) and Elizabeth Stoddard’s Lolly Dinks’s Doings (1874). In both books, fairy tales or myths are framed by a contemporary American setting in which the stories is told. It is in these realistic frames with an adult storyteller and child listeners that metafictional features are found. The article shows that Hawthorne and Stoddard use a variety of metafictional elements. So, although metafiction has been regarded as a postmodernist development in children’s literature, there are in fact instances of metafiction in nineteenth-century American children’s literature.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborgs universitet, 2016
Keywords
metafiction, children’s literature, nineteenth-century American literature, Nathaniel Hawthorne, A Wonder Book, Elizabeth Stoddard, Lolly Dinks’s
National Category
Humanities and the Arts General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-43580 (URN)
Available from: 2016-06-23 Created: 2016-06-23 Last updated: 2018-01-10Bibliographically approved
Holmgren Troy, M. (2016). What will she give us all? Fur? Tails: Miscegenation and Medical Conditions in Octavia Butler's Science Fiction. In: : . Paper presented at European Association for American Studies Biennial Conference, Constanta, Romania, April 22-25, 2016.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>What will she give us all? Fur? Tails: Miscegenation and Medical Conditions in Octavia Butler's Science Fiction
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Octavia Butler mentioned her “ongoing fascination with biology [and] medicine,” when commenting on one of her own short stories (first published in 1987) in which she has combined elements from three genetic disorders to create the premises for the story. This fascination locates much of her oeuvre at the intersection of miscegenation and the medical. In many of her novels, she addresses the racist notion of miscegenation both literally and figuratively, and in biological as well as cultural contexts. Many of her main characters are what other characters often regard as miscegenated offspring; most are placed in situations where they have to embrace, or at least accept, interracial or inter-species biological and/or cultural relations – hybrid lives – in order to survive and possibly develop. For instance, the quotation “What will she give us all? Fur? Tails?” comes from Butler’s last novel, Fledgling (2005). The protagonist of this novel is a genetic experiment, a hybrid, whose African American ancestry is the solution to a problem but, at the same time, means that her family members are murdered due to enduring racist ideas originating in American slavery, which in this speculative novel has spread to another humanoid species. In this paper, I will focus on how Butler portrays and comments on miscegenation in Clay’s Ark (1984), a science fiction novel that features a physician as one of the main characters and depicts an alien infection that changes not only people’s lives but also their offspring.

Keywords
Octavia Butler, miscegenation, medical conditions, African American literature, women writers
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-41954 (URN)
Conference
European Association for American Studies Biennial Conference, Constanta, Romania, April 22-25, 2016
Available from: 2016-04-30 Created: 2016-04-30 Last updated: 2016-06-28Bibliographically approved
Holmgren Troy, M. & Ullén, M. (2015). Guest Editors' Note: Currents and Countercurrents. American Studies in Scandinavia, 47(2), 1-3
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Guest Editors' Note: Currents and Countercurrents
2015 (English)In: American Studies in Scandinavia, ISSN 0044-8060, Vol. 47, no 2, p. 1-3Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-38898 (URN)000364606600001 ()
Available from: 2015-12-16 Created: 2015-12-16 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved
Holmgren Troy, M. (2015). "Strange Matings" and Unexpected Encounters: Octavia Butler’s Hybrid Fictions. In: : . Paper presented at Society for the Study of American Women Writers triennial conference, "Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives," 4-8 November, 2015, Philadelphia.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Strange Matings" and Unexpected Encounters: Octavia Butler’s Hybrid Fictions
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Title: “’Strange Matings’ and Unexpected Encounters: Octavia Butler’s Hybrid Fictions”

 

Abstract: “Strange matings” is a quotation from African American science-fiction writer Octavia Butler’s fifth novel, Wild Seed (1980) – it also serves as the title of the second book to date entirely devoted to Butler’s work. Nothing could be more appropriate since there are intimate as well as hostile encounters between humans and different species in many of her narratives from the Clayarks (a quadruped hybrid human-alien species) in her first published novel Patternmaster (1974) to the Ina (vampires) in her last novel, Fledgling (2005). Through these always cultural and often biological exchanges, Butler’s fiction explores the problems and possibilities of hybridity in ways that matches and sometimes surpass theoretical formulations of the concept. There is never an option for her human protagonists to settle with the notion of the “Sacred Image of the Same” (Butler, Survivor 1978); they have to find ways of dealing with “Others” – other races or ethnicities and/or other species– and with the outcomes of these encounters in terms of individual physical and mental changes and hybrid offspring. In this paper, I will examine a few examples of cross-species encounters in Butler’s fiction and discuss the theoretical implications of these fictional boundary crossings.

Keywords
Octavia Butler, hybridity, cross-species encounters, Donna Haraway, Homi Bhabha
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-38905 (URN)
Conference
Society for the Study of American Women Writers triennial conference, "Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives," 4-8 November, 2015, Philadelphia
Available from: 2015-12-17 Created: 2015-12-17 Last updated: 2016-01-04Bibliographically approved
Holmgren Troy, M. (2015). The Values in and of Nineteenth-Century American Fairy Tales: The Case of Horace E. Scudder. In: : . Paper presented at American Values: Public Virtues, Private Vices? THE 24th Biennial NAAS Conference On American Studies University of Oulu, Finland, May 11-13, 2015.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Values in and of Nineteenth-Century American Fairy Tales: The Case of Horace E. Scudder
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Children’s literature is often contested ground in regard to values, and that was definitely the case in the USA in the nineteenth century. Since American children’s literature was commonly seen as a way to inculcate moral values and useful knowledge into the budding citizens of the new nation, fairy tales were regarded with suspicion by some authors and publishers. Others, however, added their own fairy tales to those of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, which were available in the US in translation.

In this paper, I will examine two of those American books of fairy tales, written by the man of letters and editor Horace E. Scudder: Seven Little People and Their Friends (1862), and Dream Children (1864). Scudder, who was the editor of the prestigious Atlantic Monthly 1890-1898, probably did more to promote a more imaginative literature for American children than anybody else in the nineteenth century. For instance, he persuaded Hans Christian Andersen to contribute to the Riverside Magazine for Young People, a high-quality children’s periodical, which ran from 1867 to 1870 with Scudder as editor. Scudder also compiled The Children’s Book (1881), an anthology of literature – fables, stories, and poems – suitable for the first four grades in school. In 1894, he published a collection of his own essays on Childhood in Literature and Art. The question is: what values do Scudder’s fairy tales endorse?

 

National Category
Humanities
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-40991 (URN)
Conference
American Values: Public Virtues, Private Vices? THE 24th Biennial NAAS Conference On American Studies University of Oulu, Finland, May 11-13, 2015
Available from: 2016-03-08 Created: 2016-03-08 Last updated: 2016-03-11Bibliographically approved
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