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Elina Valovirta

Abstract

New kinship patterns are the main drama factor in the recently emerging subgenre of the erotic romance: stepbrother erotica. These largely formulaic New Adult novels are currently booming in the US-based market of electronic literature. Stepbrother novels usually feature a newly married couple, the parents, aiming to build a blended family whilst their adolescent offspring fight illicit desires towards each other as they are now, in their parents’ eyes, virtually brother and sister. Much drama ensues, but ultimately, love conquers all, and the illicit becomes accepted, the extraordinary becomes ordinary, and the abnormal is normalized. I discuss the romantic formula of heterosexual stepsibling relationships, arguing that stepsiblings in love is not simply an erotic or exotic transgression of the incest taboo, but rather, the new normal in romance literature. As such, it continues and amends the ever-developing formulas of romantic literature by deliberately colliding family with romance, yet overcoming it. This romantic formula does not only provide a pattern for writers to employ and commodify but also enables readers to be seen as active agents in their everyday uses of literature.

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Elina Valovirta

Sexual Feelings

Reading Anglophone Caribbean Women’s Writing Through Affect

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Elina Valovirta

The present book offers a reader-theoretical model for approaching anglophone Caribbean women’s writing through affects, emotions, and feelings related to sexuality, a prominent theme in the literary tradition. How does an affective framework help us read this tradition of writing that is so preoccupied with sexual feelings? The novelists discussed in the book – chiefly Erna Brodber, Opal Palmer Adisa, Edwidge Danticat, Shani Mootoo, and Oonya Kempadoo – are representative of various anglophone Caribbean island cultures and English-speaking back¬grounds. The study makes astute use of the theoretical writings of such scholars as Sara Ahmed, Milton J. Bennett, Sue Campbell, Linden Lewis, Evelyn O’Callaghan, Lizabeth Paravisini – Gebert, Lynne Pearce, Elspeth Probyn, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, and Rei Terada, as well as the critical writings of Adisa, Brodber, Kempadoo, to shape an individual, focused argument. The works of the creative artists treated, and this volume, hold sexuality and emo¬tions to be vital for meaning-production and knowledge-negotiation across diffe¬rences (be they culturally, geographi¬cally or otherwise marked) that chal¬lenge the postcolonial reading process.

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Edited by Joel Kuortti, Kaisa Ilmonen, Elina Valovirta and Janne Korkka

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Joel Kuortti, Kaisa Ilmonen, Elina Valovirta and Janne Korkka

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Edited by Joel Kuortti, Kaisa Ilmonen, Elina Valovirta and Janne Korkka