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"Isolate a honeybee from her sisters and she will soon die": Discussing sensitive issues in the Swedish EFL classroom based on Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay argues that literature enhances the discussions of sensitive issues in a Swedish EFL classroom. Building on reader-response theory and Judith A. Langer's envisionment building, the themes affinity, suicide and discrimination found in Sue Monk Kidd's novel The Secret Life of Bees could be discussed. The reader-response theory gives the pupils an emotional outlet that the envisionment builds on. However, the identified themes also need to be critically analysed to create rewarding discussions, and to be able to fulfil Langer's envisionment. This will hopefully make the pupils think more deeply about these social issues and question their own possible prejudices.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 23
Keywords [en]
Envisionment, The Secret Life of Bees, EFL classroom, literature, reader-response theory, upper secondary school
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-82399OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-82399DiVA, id: diva2:1313270
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English
Educational program
Teacher Education Programme for Upper Secondary School, 300/330 credits
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Available from: 2019-06-03 Created: 2019-05-02 Last updated: 2019-06-03Bibliographically approved

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