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The Magic Hermaphrodite, the Face-Snaked Queen and the Clockwork King : queer analysis of the Tribunal in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

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Author: Ventomäki, Hanna1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Humanities, English Philology
Format: ebook
Version: published version
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Pages: 29
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Language: English
Published: Oulu : H. Ventomäki, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-05-25
Thesis type: Bachelor's thesis


The purpose of this bachelor’s thesis is to provide a comprehensive queer analysis of Almalexia, Sotha Sil and Vivec who appear in the video game The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, its story expansion The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal, and the in-game self-referential metatexts authored by the character Vivec himself, The Thirty-Six Lessons of Vivec. Through a thematic approach, the theories of queer game studies, processes of othering against queer identities, and the hegemony of institutionalized heteronormativity, this thesis aims to analyze the queer performances of Almalexia, Sotha Sil and Vivec and to discuss how, despite a video game having queer characters in major roles, the existence of heteronormative dynamics can still prevail underneath a surface-level representational narrative.


Tämän kandidaatintyön tarkoitus on antaa kattava queer-analyysi hahmoista Almalexia, Sotha Sil ja Vivec, jotka esiintyvät The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind- videopelissä sekä sen tarinaa jatkavassa The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal- lisäosassa, ja pelien sisäisissä, Vivecin kirjoittamissa itseen viittaavissa metateksteissä The Thirty-Six Lessons of Vivec. Teoreettiset lähtökohdat, joihin työn temaattinen analyysi pohjautuu, ovat queer-pelitutkimus, queer-identiteetteihin kohdistuva toiseus sekä institutionaalisen heteronormatiivisuuden hegemonia. Vaikka Almalexia, Sotha Sil ja Vivec ovat hahmoja, joiden queer-identiteetit ovat näkyvässä osassa, heteronormatiivinen dynamiikka on silti läsnä heidän representatiivisen narratiivin pinnan alla.

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