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Den omkastade hierarkin: Framställningen av barn och vuxna i tre bilderböcker från olika tidsperioder
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Film and Literature.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Film and Literature.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The reverse hierarchy. : The exposition of chlidren and adults in three picture books. (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study is to show how children and adults are described in three picture books, examining how children and adults are portrayed in text-and-picture narrative and how this has changed over time. We have analysed how the characters in the books are presented and how the representation of children and adults has changed in our own times.

The material for the study consists of three picture books from different periods, with the focus on how children and adults are described as the common point of departure. The analysed picture books are: Tomtebobarnen (Beskow 1919), Aja baja, Alfons Åberg! (Bergström 1972) and Snäll (Dahle 2008).

We have arrived at the conclusion that a text-and-picture narrative is in very large measure a reflection of the outlook on children, childhood and child rearing at the time when the book was published. The result shows that the greatest change that has happened is that parents’ and adults’ dominance in the books has declined over the years, and that children have been given a more prominent role. The children’s own feelings and opinions are more in the centre, both in reality and in picture books.

We hope that teachers in school will find that this study can contribute to further reflection on the picture books that are used in teaching

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 25 p.
Keyword [en]
Children, adults, picture book, children's literature, textual and pictorial narrative, society, historical perspective
Keyword [sv]
Barn, vuxna, bilderbok, barnlitteratur, text- och bildberättande, samhälle, historiskt perspektiv
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Languages and Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-40916OAI: diva2:795937
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Lärarprogram för förskola, förskoleklass, fritidshem eller grundskolans tidigare år, (distans, lärcentra) 210/240 hp
Available from: 2015-03-19 Created: 2015-03-17 Last updated: 2015-03-19Bibliographically approved

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