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Starka barn med "jävlar anamma": En analys av grit i klassisk barnlitteratur
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies (from 2013).
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Strong Children with “a Hell of a Determination” : An Analysis of Grit in Classical Children’s Literature (English)
Abstract [sv]

Syftet med den här studien är att undersöka och skapa djupare förståelse för hur begreppet grit framställs som motiv i klassisk barnlitteratur. Grit kan definieras som "the disposition to pursue long-term goals with sustained interest and effort over time" (Duckworth et al, 2014, s. 2). Analysens utgångspunkt är bland annat Angela Duckworths teorier om grit och Ethan Ris diskursanalys av grit. Undersökningen har ett litteratursociologiskt perspektiv och begagnar sig av speglingsteorin, som handlar om hur litteraturen speglar samhället. Det här är ett examensarbete som skrivs inom lärarprogrammet, därför studeras också vilken koppling grit har till studier i litteraturen. De frågor som ställs är hur grit framställs i persongestaltningen av karaktärerna, samt vilka samband som finns mellan grit, social klass och genus i texterna. De klassiska barnböcker som analyseras är Huckleberry Finns äventyr, Huset vid Plommonån, En liten prinsessa och Kulla-Gulla. Resultatet av analysen är att klassikerna har didaktisk användbarhet, både i skolans värdegrundsarbete och för att inspirera till grit. Motivet grit tycks dyka upp som mest när karaktärerna brottas med fattigdom och gestaltas ofta som ett utövande av självkontroll. Skönlitteraturen innehåller även oväntade och intressanta skildringar av strategier för grit.

Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to investigate and create a deeper understanding of how the concept of grit is portrayed as a motif in classical children's literature. Grit can be defined as "the disposition to pursue long-term goals with sustained interest and effort over time" (Duckworth et al, 2014, p. 2). The analysis is, among other things, based on Angela Duckworths theories on grit and Ethan Ris' analysis of the discourse of grit. The study has a perspective of literary sociology and applies the mirror theory, which describes how literature mirrors society. This is a thesis written within the teacher's education and therefore the literary connection between grit and academic studies will be investigated as well. The questions asked are how grit is portrayed in the forming of the characters, and what the connections are between grit, social class and gender in the texts. The classical children's books analyzed are the following: Huckleberry Finn, On the Banks of Plum Creek, A Little Princess and Anna All Alone. The result of the analysis is that the classics have didactic usefulness, both in the school's work with core ethical values and in order to inspire grit. The motif grit seems to appear the most when the characters struggle with poverty and is often portrayed as an exercise of self-control. The fiction also contains unexpected and interesting depictions of strategies for grit.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 40
Keywords [en]
Grit, Perseverance, Goal Achievements, Children’s Literature, Social Class, Fighting Spirit
Keywords [sv]
Grit, Uthållighet, Måluppfyllelse, Barnlitteratur, Social klass, Kämparanda
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Languages and Literature Humanities and the Arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-67676OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-67676DiVA, id: diva2:1218682
Subject / course
The Swedish Language
Educational program
Primary Education Programme, 240 hp
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