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Sleeping beauty or rebellious antagonist: passive and active stereotypes in fantasy and fairytales.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Fantasy literature has long been perceived as the domain of men, with male writers, male readers and male characters. The women that appear in the novels can be easily stereotyped as damsel in distress, beautiful princess, evil sorceress or hideous crone. This essay has chosen to focus on these different stereotypes, in texts dealing with both fantasy and fairytales. The stereotypes have been divided according to the character’s active or passive role, and they are subsequently studied in the light of four different themes. For the passive stereotypes, the themes are: sleep as a means to punish and subordinate, and the woman as a beautiful prize for the hero. The themes for the active characters are: the dangerous and powerful woman, and the rebellious woman who stands up against the prejudice of society. This essay comes to the conclusion that stereotypes in literature do exist, but that, when studied, most of the characters show more shades of grey than a quick glance gives at hand. It also concludes that two characters can be very different even if they show traits of the same theme, and that passivity is not necessarily a bad thing.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, stereotypes, women, fantasy, fairytales
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-57486ISRN: LTU-CUPP--09/029--SELocal ID: e24a2402-1746-4566-9867-07313b641a8eOAI: diva2:1030873
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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