A displaced hedgehog is a figure - or rather an image - from Tove Jansson's Moomin books. This is how I can best describe myself. This blog is mostly about being displaced.
Saturday, 23 November 2013
ABC blog: A
A is for aetonormativity.
As the White Knight says in Through the Looking Glass, “It's
my own invention”. Thoroughly my own invention. If you google it,
you get 660 hits, which are mostly either by me or references to me.
Google will ask whether you meant “heteronormativity”, and it
shows you how clever Google is, because the concept of
aetonormativity is coined in analogy with heteronormativity in queer
theory where it means that heterosexuality is the norm. Aeto- refers
to age, so aetonormativity means that adulthood is the norm while
childhood is a deviation. If you ask me where I found the aeto-,
I have no idea. Possibly on Wikipedia. I needed this term, and I
invented it. I first used it in an obscure publication where it
wasn't noticed, at least not by children's literature scholars, and
then I developed it in my book Power, Voice and Subjectivity.
It has now been picked up by some students and colleagues, and one
colleague whom I don't know personally even lists it as her specialty
on her university profile page. I think I can state with confidence
that this has been a successful launch, and I hope that posterity
gives me credit.