This multidisciplinary collection of articles illuminates the ways in which the concept of female deviance is represented, appropriated, re-inscribed and refigured in a wide range of texts across time, cultures and genres. Such a choice of variety shows that representations of deviance accommodate meaning-making spaces and possibilities for resistance in different socio-cultural and literary contexts. The construct of the deviant woman is analysed from literary, sociolinguistic and historical-cultural perspectives, revealing insights about cultures and societies. Furthermore, the studies recognise and explain the significance of the concept of deviance in relation to gender that bespeaks a contemporary cultural concern about narratives of femininity.
Tiina Mntymki holds a PhD in Language and Culture from the University of Linkping (Sweden).
Marinella Rodi-Risberg holds a PhD in Literary and Cultural Studies (English) from the University of Vaasa (Finland).
Anna Foka holds a PhD in Classical Studies and Ancient History from the University of Liverpool (United Kingdom).