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Bonnevier, J. (2019). Making Clones, Making Mothers: Motherhood in Orphan Black. In: Janet Brennan Croft and Alyson R. Buckman (Ed.), Sisterhood, Science and Surveillance in Orphan Black: Critical Essays (pp. 58-76). McFarland
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Making Clones, Making Mothers: Motherhood in Orphan Black
2019 (English)In: Sisterhood, Science and Surveillance in Orphan Black: Critical Essays / [ed] Janet Brennan Croft and Alyson R. Buckman, McFarland, 2019, p. 58-76Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
McFarland, 2019
Keywords
motherhood, reproductive technology, cloning, Orphan Black, feminist theory
National Category
Cultural Studies
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-77708 (URN)978-1-4766-6854-3 (ISBN)978-1-4766-3783-9 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-11-04 Created: 2019-11-04 Last updated: 2019-11-04Bibliographically approved
Bonnevier, J. (2018). Making Babies and Making Home in an All-female World: Reproduction, Sexuality, and Belonging in Nicola Griffith's Ammonite. In: : . Paper presented at 10th Biennial Conference of The Swedish Association for American Studies (SAAS), "Open Covenants: Pasts and Futures of Global America", Stockholm, Sweden, September 28-30, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Making Babies and Making Home in an All-female World: Reproduction, Sexuality, and Belonging in Nicola Griffith's Ammonite
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

All-female worlds, often utopian, are part of the feminist sf-tradition. In constructing these worlds, one vital aspect that by necessity needs to be re-thought is reproduction. How this has been done varies wide-ly. Examining both “reproductive solutions” and how these are represented as part of cultural, social and political contexts allows us to explore feminist reproductive futurities; that is, we can explore ways in which feminism can reformulate both reproduction and kinship per se, and, more importantly, the connection between these and a future free from gender-based oppression.

This paper focuses on Nicola Griffith’s novel Ammonite (1992), set on the all-female planet of Jeep and featuring Earth-born anthropologist, and newcomer to Jeep, Marghe Taishan. Three thematic concerns are analyzed. First, I look at how the novel represents reproduction as not only a biological but also a mental process; secondly, sexuality and its connection to reproduction will be discussed. Finally, the idea of be-longing, of being or becoming part of a world or a community and the ways in which the novel connects this experience to reproduction will be explored. The emphasis on belonging in the novel, and in particular belonging represented as part of a biological/genetic process comes across as highly topical in a time where we increasingly talk about identity and kinship in terms of DNA. On a more general note, Ammonite also raises equally topical questions of assimilation and integration, of power and powerlessness in meetings between cultures.

Keywords
Reproductive technology, feminist theory, science fiction
National Category
Specific Literatures
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-72996 (URN)
Conference
10th Biennial Conference of The Swedish Association for American Studies (SAAS), "Open Covenants: Pasts and Futures of Global America", Stockholm, Sweden, September 28-30, 2018
Available from: 2019-03-07 Created: 2019-03-07 Last updated: 2019-03-07Bibliographically approved
Bonnevier, J. (2018). Plan B: Single Women, Romantic Love and the Making of Babies in The Back-Up Plan and The Switch. In: : . Paper presented at Close Relations: A Multi-and Interdisciplinary Conference on Critical Family and Kinship Studies, Uppsala, Sweden, October 24-26, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Plan B: Single Women, Romantic Love and the Making of Babies in The Back-Up Plan and The Switch
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

That single women protagonists in Hollywood movies spend much of their time “finding a man” to marry and have a family with is a phenomenon as old as, well, Hollywood. As Michele Schreiber has shown in American Postfeminist Cinema: Women, Romance and Contemporary Culture, the heterosexual romance remains a powerful narrative, even as Hollywood productions attempt to stay attuned to social change. In line with this, the late 20th and early 21st centuries have seen new variations on the heterosexual romance, variations connected to the increasing availability of assisted reproductive  technologies (ARTs) such as donor insemination and IVF and the possibilities these open up for new ways of making families. Quite simply, ARTs offer the makers of these movies an array of possible new plot twists and complications.

This paper will explore ways in which the employment of reproductive technologies as plot elements activate and engage with current cultural discourses on family. It will do so through an analysis of two romantic comedies, The Back-Up Plan and The Switch, both from 2010 and both featuring single women who use insemination to become pregnant. The specific focus is on ideas of family as naturally and necessarily predicated on romantic love, a construction of family that, as Stephanie Coontz notes in The Way We Never Were, is a highly historically and socially contingent construction.  It is also presently a culturally and socially powerful one, and thus particularly worth exploring in the relatively new context of assisted reproductive technologies. As will be shown, while these movies to some extent play with traditional notions of family, the need to reconcile romantic love and motherhood is central to both narratives. Consequently, single motherhood, despite its planned and voluntary character, comes across as a state to overcome rather than a valid form of family life.

Works cited

Coontz, Stephanie. The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap. BasicBooks, 1992.

Schreiber, Michelle. American Postfeminist Cinema: Women Romance and Contemporary Culture. Edinburgh UP, 2014.

Keywords
IVF, romantic comedies, American popular culture, feminism, reproductive technology
National Category
Cultural Studies
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-72997 (URN)
Conference
Close Relations: A Multi-and Interdisciplinary Conference on Critical Family and Kinship Studies, Uppsala, Sweden, October 24-26, 2018
Available from: 2019-03-07 Created: 2019-03-07 Last updated: 2019-03-07Bibliographically approved
Bonnevier, J., Borgström, E. & Yassin, D. (2017). Normers roll i ett mål- och kriterierelaterat bedömningssystem. Utbildning och Demokrati, 26(2), 21-47
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2017 (Swedish)In: Utbildning och Demokrati, ISSN 1102-6472, E-ISSN 2001-7316, Vol. 26, no 2, p. 21-47Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Relating to norms in a criterion-referenced system of evaluation.

Since the 1990s, the Swedish system of evaluation is criterion-referenced. In this system, one of the main purposes of national tests is to promote equity in assessment. This article explores how teachers in the subject fields of English and Swedish in compulsory school (grades 6 and 9), understand the relationship between the act of grading and the national test results. We find that the teachers we have interviewed typically dismiss quantitative data and comparisons at aggregated levels and we argue that this dismissal has its root cause in an erroneous understanding of criterion-referenced assessment as completely independent of norms. A better, more nuanced understanding of the role of norms in criterion-referenced assessment would, we suggest, allow teachers to make better use of the potential of national tests in promoting equity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2017
Keywords
criterion-referenced assessment, norm-referenced assessment, national tests, equity, kriterierelaterad bedömning, normrelaterad bedömning, likvärdighet, nationella prov
National Category
Pedagogical Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-62878 (URN)
Available from: 2017-12-01 Created: 2017-12-01 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Bonnevier, J. (2016). In the Womb of Utopia: Feminist Science Fiction and Representations of Reproductive Technology. In: : . Paper presented at Ninth Biennial Conference of the Swedish Association for American Studies, Gothenburg University, Sweden, September 30 - October 1, 2016.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>In the Womb of Utopia: Feminist Science Fiction and Representations of Reproductive Technology
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Keywords
reproductive technology, feminism, science fiction, utopia
National Category
Specific Languages General Literature Studies
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-53267 (URN)
Conference
Ninth Biennial Conference of the Swedish Association for American Studies, Gothenburg University, Sweden, September 30 - October 1, 2016
Available from: 2016-10-25 Created: 2016-10-25 Last updated: 2018-01-14Bibliographically approved
Bollobás, E., Kušnír, J., Zygadło, G., Clary, F., Francescato, S., Nabae, H., . . . Nyman, J. (2016). International Scholarship. American Literary Scholarship, 2014(1), 415-494
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2016 (English)In: American Literary Scholarship, ISSN 0065-9142, E-ISSN 1527-2125, Vol. 2014, no 1, p. 415-494Article, review/survey (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Durham, USA: Duke University Press, 2016
National Category
Specific Languages General Literature Studies
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-53268 (URN)10.1215/00659142-3500223 (DOI)000385534600021 ()
Available from: 2016-10-25 Created: 2016-10-25 Last updated: 2018-03-09Bibliographically approved
Bonnevier, J. (2016). "Lärdomar som vi aldrig anade": Doris Lessing som science fiction-författare. In: Ingrid Holmquist och Anna Cavallin (Ed.), Doris Lessing: en författare i vår tid (pp. 195-211). Umeå: Bokförlaget h:ström - Text & Kultur
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Lärdomar som vi aldrig anade": Doris Lessing som science fiction-författare
2016 (Swedish)In: Doris Lessing: en författare i vår tid / [ed] Ingrid Holmquist och Anna Cavallin, Umeå: Bokförlaget h:ström - Text & Kultur, 2016, p. 195-211Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Bokförlaget h:ström - Text & Kultur, 2016
Keywords
Doris Lessing, science fiction, kunskapsteori, Shikasta, feminism
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-53266 (URN)978-91-7327-225-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-10-25 Created: 2016-10-25 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved
Bonnevier, J. (2015). Family Values and Commercial Vices: Stories of Surrogacy in Contemporary US Culture. In: : . Paper presented at "American Values: Public Virtues, Private Vices?" The Nordic Association for American Studies 24th Biennial Conference at Oulu University, May 11-13, 2015..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Family Values and Commercial Vices: Stories of Surrogacy in Contemporary US Culture
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-44770 (URN)
Conference
"American Values: Public Virtues, Private Vices?" The Nordic Association for American Studies 24th Biennial Conference at Oulu University, May 11-13, 2015.
Available from: 2015-06-01 Created: 2015-06-01 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved
Clary, F., Giesenkirchen Sawyer, M., Puglisi, F., Ærvold Bjerre, T., Bonnevier, J., Habegger-Conti, J., . . . Cohn, D. (2015). International Scholarship. American Literary Scholarship, 2013(1), 427-496
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2015 (English)In: American Literary Scholarship, ISSN 0065-9142, E-ISSN 1527-2125, Vol. 2013, no 1, p. 427-496Article, review/survey (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Duke University Press, 2015
National Category
General Literature Studies Specific Languages
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-53269 (URN)10.1215/00659142-2886886 (DOI)000218447900021 ()
Available from: 2016-10-25 Created: 2016-10-25 Last updated: 2018-04-07Bibliographically approved
Bonnevier, J., Clary, F., Puglisi, F., Tsujimoto, Y., Nabae, H., Aervold Bjerre, T., . . . Oleksy, E. H. (2014). International Scholarship. American Literary Scholarship, 2012(1), 403-480
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2014 (English)In: American Literary Scholarship, ISSN 0065-9142, E-ISSN 1527-2125, Vol. 2012, no 1, p. 403-480Article, review/survey (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2014
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-39472 (URN)10.1215/00659142-2680108 (DOI)
Available from: 2014-12-10 Created: 2014-12-10 Last updated: 2018-09-12Bibliographically approved
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