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Engelhardt Andersen, Iben1, Forfatter
Rösing, Lilian Munk2, Vejleder
1Det Humanistiske Fakultet, Københavns Universitet, København, Danmark, diskurs:7035              
2Institut for Kunst- og Kulturvidenskab, Det Humanistiske Fakultet, Københavns Universitet, København, Danmark, diskurs:7038              
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 Abstract: Children represent both our past and our hopes for the future and thus make a primary figure for a great deal of our affective, cultural and political actions. Even before they are born we eagerly discuss their rights and envision their futures. The story of the Child, I argue, is a current public discourse that both differs from but also regulate what children say and what can be said about them. Questions concerning ’time’, ’voice’ and ’consent’ in stories of and by the child structure my thesis as I analyze juridical cases, political discourse and fictions that both confirm, transgress and dissolve the story of the Child. My thesis operates between child and the Child, between the concrete unrepresentable child and the Child as an abstract figure for cultural and juridical legislating discourse. The term ‘Creepy kids’ designate the irony that is contained in but also challenges public discourse about the child and other forms of ‘childishness’. I argue that neither the child nor literature must answer to the law, but that the law at the same time regulate and make possible their stories. The law protects the child, but at the same time it frames what the child is and what is possible to say about children. The American Romeo and Juliet Laws is an example of law’s recourse to literature when it is troubled by children’s unlawful utterances; specifically their consent to sex. This is a starting point for my discussions of the relations between law and literature in which I use Derrida’s theory of deconstruction to suggest that the child and literature share a common infancy. I then argue, with Lee Edelman’s queer theory, that the Child is an image of innocence that is politically implemented in order to marginalize non-reproductive relations as well as certain features of the child’s selfnarrative. With a discussion of the concept of Tabula Rasa in both cultural history and narrative theory and its affiliated concepts of innocence, I analyze Shirley Temple’s Baby Burlesks (1932) and Michael Hanekes movie Das Weisse Band (2009). I here discuss how the separation of the worlds of child and adult is a frozen and selfconfirming discourse about the essentially innocent Child that also produces both its transgressions and abuses. With Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben’s theory of potentiality and an analysis of Oskar from Günther Grass’ novel Die Blechtrommel (1959), I suggest that literature is able to provide alternative narrative time and voice to the stories of the child and thus can present a fictive universe where the child is both guilty and innocent which challenges law’s narrative mode of either-or. Connecting Agamben’s language philosophy and the political theory of Judith Butler, I analyze abject voices in Preben Major Sørensen’s Barnet (2010), abortion discussions and the poetry of Hiromi Ito and suggest that literature both share and negotiate the invalid voice of the child and that its constitutive undecidability is also a political potential. Conclusively law professor Amy Adler’s critical analysis of child pornography laws and Butler’s philosophy on the precarious subject frame my analyses of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita (1955) and Sara Stridsberg’s Darling River (2010) and the questions they raise concerning fictive ‘abuses’ of the child and the reader’s investment in the literary world of creepy kids.
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Alternativ titel: repræsentation og regulering af barnet i fiktion, jura og seksualpolitik
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Sprog: Danish - dan
 Datoer: 2011
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 Publiceringsinfo: København : Københavns Universitet
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