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Det fiktiva bibliotekets vindlande gångar
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Libraries exist around us and for most of us they are a part of our every day life. But how often do we stop and think about their meaning?

Libraries in fiction are usually not the center of the narrative, they play a role quietly in the background and offer a backcloth to the story. Yet they are a vital part of the story. Without them a big part of the magic in the stories would be lost.

And what is their role in our lives? What do the libraries mean to the books they harbor, the readers who seek them out and society in which they have their axiomatic role?

This essay’s focus is my story “Between the shelves”, which is about the young girl Julia and the mysterious passageway she discovers in her local library. Here she finds shelf after shelf with strange-looking books. They all seem to have peculiar titles, one of them is When Napoleon won the battle of Waterloo. Driven by her curiosity she starts reading the book, and soon finds herself inside it, living the battle. The library is not just a building, it is also a hub where different alternative realities can be reached through the books.

In this essay I will compare the topics of my story, such as the interpretation of the library (both as a physical and mental place), the sense of mystery, interpretation of the librarians etc. to other fiction. I will compare these topics both with books for adults and for children to see if the interpretation differs.  

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Keyword [en]
creative writing, libraries, librarians, interpretation of libraries in fiction, interpretation of librarians in fiction, children's books, alternative reality
Keyword [sv]
kreativt skrivande, bibliotek, bibliotekarier, gestaltning av bibliotek i litteratur, gestaltning av bibliotekarier i litteratur, barnlitteratur, alternativ verklighet
National Category
General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-23721OAI: diva2:600829
Subject / course
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-02-06 Created: 2013-01-23 Last updated: 2016-02-22Bibliographically approved

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