"A Queer Fish"
En Queerläsning av John Galsworthys The Forsyte Saga.
John GalsworthyThe Forsyte SagaQueer TheoryHeteronormativityThe heterosexual matrixJudith ButlerFanny AmbjörnssonTiina RosenbergQueer ReadingFamilyMarriagesDivorceVictorianPost-VictorianJohn GalsworthyForsytesaganQueerteoriHeteronormativitetDen heterosexuella matrisenJudith ButlerFanny AmbjörnssonTiina RosenbergQueerläsningFamiljäktenskapViktoriansk tidPost-Viktoriansk tid
This paper aims to examine the heteronormativity that is present in John Galsworthy?s The Forsyte Saga. This is achieved by performing a queer reading of the text with the help of Swedish Queer theorists Fanny Ambjörnsson and Tiina Rosenberg. I study the norm and how it is enforced by law, society and family. To get a complete image of the heteronormativity I also need to analyze the gender presented in the saga. For that task I use Judith Butler?s definitions of gender identity and the heterosexual matrix. I conclude that there is only a slight gender variation in the saga, mostly concerning the woman. Meanwhile the norms are broken repeatedly by different people and for different reasons. Generally all the non-normative behavior that is out of the public eye gets included and silenced by the family who acts as the norm.