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Valenius, Johanna

Undressing the Maid

Valenius, Johanna - Undressing the Maid, ebook

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ISBN: 951-746-649-8

Undressing the Maid
Gender, Sexuality and the Body in the Construction of the Finnish Nation

This study analyzes how the imaginary Finnish Maid (Suomi-neito) was used to construct the Finnish nation at the turn of the 20th century. It focuses on gender, femininity and masculinity, sexuality and body as well as on the images of virginity, bridehood and sexual violence. The study argues that Finnish male intellectuals saw the Finnish nation as their female beloved, a potential bride, but that they did not get her and the Finnish Maid remained an eternal virgin. In addition, the Finnish Maid was seen as being raped by the Russians. The materials analyzed in this study consist of caricatures, poems and national monuments.

Keywords: Gender, Sexuality, Body, Finnish Nation, Suomi-neito, Finnish Maid, virginity, bridehood, sexual violence, femininity, masculinity, sexuality

Author(s)
Publisher
SKS – Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura
Publication year
2004
Language
en
Edition
1
Page amount
222 pages
Category
History
Format
Ebook
eISBN (PDF)
951-746-649-8

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