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Material Objects as Means of Portraying Female Characters' Personality in the 20th century: As Exemplified in the three Short Stories by J. D. Salinger, V. Woolf and F. Weldon
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The world we live in is full of material objects that serve as signs and thus are an important tool in literary texts. The purpose of the present essay is to illustrate how material objects are used to portray personalities of female characters, their inner world and attitudes, their ways of life and position in society. It is especially interesting in the context of the 20th century in the Western world, when the culture of consumption was gaining momentum and the role of a woman was gradually changing. The short stories analysed in the essay are written in the Western context in the 20th century, which are “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” by J.D. Salinger, “Moments of Being: ‘Slater’s Pins Have no Points’” by V. Woolf and “The Bottom Line and the Sharp End” by F. Weldon. The material objects mentioned in the texts are classified and analysed due to their role and purpose in the short stories.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
Material objects, signs, gender studies, gender, female characters, social codes, short stories, material culture, literary tool, Salinger, Jerome David, A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Woolf, Virginia, Moments of Being, Slater's Pins Have No Points, Fay, Weldon, The Bottom Line and the Sharp End, short stories of the 20th century
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General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-102465ISRN: LIU-IKK/MPLCE-A--13/05--SEOAI: diva2:678312
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Master's Programme in Language and Culture in Europe
2013-05-28, 4410, Linköping University, Key building, Linköping, 16:00 (English)
Available from: 2013-12-11 Created: 2013-12-11 Last updated: 2013-12-12Bibliographically approved

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