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Den viljefulla vegetarianen: En feministisk analys av romanen The Vegetarian
Karlstad University.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The Willful Vegetarian : A Feminist Analysis of the Novel The Vegetarian (English)
Abstract [en]

In this essay I argue for how the character Yeong-Hye in Han Kang’s novel The Vegetarian can beread as ‘willful’. I also consider how this willfulness relates to her negotiation of femininity andsexuality, as well as examine the ways in which she can or can not be read as an ‘intelligiblesubject’. I conclude that she can be read as a willful character partly because she persists in hervegetarianism, despite her family’s disapproval. I argue that her vegetarianism could also be readas a hunger strike, which Sara Ahmed (2014) names as one of the most willful acts of all. Inaddition, I conclude that Yeong-Hye repeatedly ‘fails’ to perform an intelligent gender inaccordance with the ‘heterosexual matrix’, termed so by Judith Butler (1990), and therefore I readher femininity as willful. Her negotiation of sexuality I read as willful seeing as she resistsconforming to the dogmas of what Adrienne Rich (1980) calls ‘compulsory heterosexuality’. I alsoargue that Yeong-Hye’s status as a willful subject renders the position of ‘intelligible subject’unattainable for her.

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2017. , p. 44
Keywords [en]
willfulness; trouble; femininity; female sexuality; intelligible subject; gender performativity; heterosexual matrix; compulsory heterosexuality; vegetarianism; feminist analysis; feminist literary criticism;
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75514OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-75514DiVA, id: diva2:1367753
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