Undressing the Maid — gender, sexuality and the boby in theconstrustion of the Finnish nation

Valenius, Johanna
Title: Undressing the Maid — gender, sexuality and the boby in theconstrustion of the Finnish nation
Authors: Valenius, Johanna (Editor)
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Publisher: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura
Series: Bibliotheca historica 85
Edition: 1. Edition, 2004
Language: English
Pages: 222
Product family: History
Culture
Library classification: 92.6 Autonomian aika
National Library's descriptors: kansallinen identiteetti, suomalaisuus, representaatio, nationalismi, symbolit, sukupuoli, ruumiinkuva, seksuaalisuus, naisellisuus, historia, Suomi-kuva, Suomi
This study analyzes how the imaginary Finnish Maid (Suomi-neito) was used to construct the
Finnish nation at the turn of the 20th century. It focuses on gender, femininity and masculinity,
sexuality and body as well as on the images of virginity, bridehood and sexual violence. The study
argues that Finnish male intellectuals saw the Finnish nation as their female beloved, a potential
bride, but that they did not get her and the Finnish Maid remained an eternal virgin. In addition, the
Finnish Maid was seen as being raped by the Russians. The materials analyzed in this study consist
of caricatures, poems and national monuments.