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Genus i skönlitteratur: En komparativ analys av Elizabeth Bennet och Bridget Jones ur ett genusperspektiv
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Swedish Language.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Gender in fiction : A comparative analysis between Elizabeth Bennet and Bridget Jones in a gender perspective (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis analyses protagonist Elizabeth Bennet in Jane Austen’s book Pride and Prejudice (1813) and protagonist Bridget Jones in Helen Fielding’s book Bridget Jones' Diary (1996) from a gender theory perspective. I use a comparative method to analyse how two themes are portrayed in the books: family and marriage and education and career. 

The study shows that Elizabeth, from a gender perspective, is controlled by the society and her family's expectations that she must marry a man of the right table. Bridget, on the other hand, lives in accordance to the patriarchal norm, but this seems rather appear on a more personal level. Regarding education and career it seems to have gone from seeing this as an important part of being a woman not just for herself personally but also for being more attractive for men, to an objective perspective where education seems to define your work ability instead of the woman herself. 

The study, in a didactic point of view, can be useful for teachers to help their pupils to see how gender is constructed and deconstructed from time to time. The syllabus of the subject of Swedish gives opportunities for the pupils to discuss and maybe first and foremost problematize gender and equality in both a literary historical perspective and a personal way.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 32 p.
Keyword [en]
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones' Diary, Swedish, didactic, upper secondary school, comparative method
Keyword [sv]
Jane Austen, Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones dagbok, Stolthet och fördom. Elizabeth Bennet, didaktik, svenskämnet, gymnasieskolan, komparativ metod
National Category
Languages and Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-49972OAI: diva2:907482
Subject / course
Swedish Language
Educational program
Teacher Education Programme for Upper Secondary School, 300/330 credits
2016-02-25, Växjö, 13:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2016-02-29 Created: 2016-02-29 Last updated: 2016-02-29Bibliographically approved

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