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Att bli trollbunden av läsning: En studie om igenkänningsmöjligheter i två Harry Potter-böcker
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Swedish Language.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Swedish Language.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Spellbound by reading : A study of opportunities for self-recognition in two Harry Potter-books (English)
Abstract [en]

To be able to develop their reading skills, pupils need not only to practise but also to be willing to practise. Being enticed to read is therefore an important factor for the development of reading. Research has shown that part of the attraction of reading is that readers can recognize themselves in the different constituents of a book, for example being able to identify with characters and finding the setting plausible. The books about Harry Potter have enticed many young people all over the world to read, and the question of what this attraction consists of is an interesting one, especially with regard to the fact that the books have many elements of magic and seemingly alien elements. The aim of this study is to investigate and reveal potential opportunities for self-recognition offered to the reader by the Harry Potter books. The study consists of a textual analysis focusing on Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The study shows that both books offer the reader multiple opportunities for self-recognition, which can be linked to factors such as the reader’s emotional participation and the motifs in the books.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 34 p.
Keyword [en]
Harry Potter, reader motivation, textual analysis, fantasy, self-recognition, emotional participation, alienation, motif
National Category
Languages and Literature General Literature Studies Specific Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-49433OAI: diva2:898935
Subject / course
Swedish Language
Educational program
Lärarprogrammet, inriktning mot verksamhet i grundskolans tidigare år
Available from: 2016-02-01 Created: 2016-01-29 Last updated: 2016-02-01Bibliographically approved

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