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Förgivettagen heterosexualitet: En analys av fyra skönlitterära böcker i relation till skolans värdegrund
Södertörn University, Lärarutbildningen.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis is based on qualitative text analyses of four works of fiction, used as teaching materials in the school subject of Swedish, from a queer theoretic perspective. The purpose of the study is to examine how sexual identities and expressions are being presented, as well as what positions are offered a reader, in relation to the heterosexual norm. Basis for this thesis are the schools fundamental values, which highlights the importance that intolerance be confronted through both knowledge and active measures, and the syllabus, which states that fiction should be viewed as a tool for identity development as well as an understanding of the outside world.

The analyses reveals a distinct connection between the generally accepted heterosexual norm and a professed (or taken for granted) heterosexuality which is being carried out by the characters or the books as a whole. Out of the four titles only one disputes this norm, by offering a wide range of sexual identities and expressions. These expressions, however, are being invalidated – through insufficient ability to relate to the norm – or made invisible – through an imagined heterosexuality which, by superiority over other expressions, excludes them.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 53 p.
Keyword [en]
Sexuality, Queer, Fiction, Literature, Heteronormativity, Gender system, Literature analysis
Keyword [sv]
Sexualitet, Queer, Skönlitteratur, Heteronormativitet, Genusordning, Textanalys
National Category
Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-16639OAI: diva2:536703
Subject / course
Education Studies
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-06-25 Created: 2012-06-24 Last updated: 2012-06-25Bibliographically approved

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