"Nobody but you can do that to me, I don't know why": Covert Power in Representations of Casual Talk. A Case Study of Woody Allen's Hannah and Her sister(s)
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The thesis is an exploratory qualitative analysis of conversations between two out of three leading characters in Woody Allen’s motion picture Hannah and Her Sisters (1986). Due to a perception of invisible power relations, it is hypothesized that what seems like a powerful position in discourse, in fact is an indication of the opposite, and that what seems like a powerless position, is an indication of power. Three features based on scholarship connected to Conversation Analysis (CA), Dyadic Power Theory (DPT) and power relations in verbal interaction are chosen to test the hypotheses: first and second positions in sequences as dicussed by Hutchby (1996), control attempts as elaborated by DPT, and mitigating strategies as argued for by Mullany (2004). Findings confirm the hypotheses, but also reveal ambiguities and contrasting results. Connecting the data to sources based on talk in the private sphere, in particular within family discourse, is mentioned as one way to further illuminate the subject in future research.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Power relations, Conversation Analysis, Dyadic Power Theory, Woody Allen
General Language Studies and Linguistics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-104721OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-104721DiVA: diva2:725597