Humor och Feministisk Aktivism i Litteratur och andra Medier: Bianca Kronlöf och Liv Strömquist

Translated title of the contribution: Humour and Feminist Activism in Literature and Other Media: Bianca Kronlöf and Liv Strömquist

Ester Jiresch*

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Bianca Kronlöf recently debuted as a writer with a manifesto against men's violence. Even though this work figures as a contribution to societal debate, it clearly exhibits traces of Kronlöf's feminist humor. Liv Strömquist is known for her feminist satires in form of graphic novels, in which she associates humor and biting feminist criticism with historical, philosophical and sociological theories. In my text, I examine the specifically feminist in their humor and how they utilize it to promote their (feminist) goals. Furthermore, I will answer the question of whether humor is an adequate means for feminist activism.
While recent studies in feminist theory are acknowledging the importance of feminist humor in jokes, stand-up and literary works, there have not been many studies on graphic novels yet. By paying special attention to such lesser researched media, as well as the combination of different media by the activists, I will show how these cultural practices are a rich medium for ambigous articulations of humor as multi-leveled cultural expression and an excellent vehicle for feminist ideas.
Translated title of the contributionHumour and Feminist Activism in Literature and Other Media: Bianca Kronlöf and Liv Strömquist
Original languageSwedish
Pages (from-to)104-119
Number of pages16
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 29-Nov-2023


  • Feminism
  • Activism
  • Stand-up comedy
  • Humor styles
  • Graphic novels

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