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Flickor i moderna barn- och ungdomsböcker: En analys av hur flickor framställs i Lassemajas detektivbyrå, Rum 213 och Cirkeln
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Film and Literature.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Film and Literature.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Girls in modern children’s books : An analysis of how girls are represented in Lassemajas detektivbyrå, Rum 213 and Cirkeln (English)
Abstract [en]

In this study we have analysed six modern books for children and adolescents. The books we chose to analyse were four titles from the series Lassemajas detektivbyrå, Rum 213 and Cirkeln because they are popular among girls in compulsory school. The aim of the analysis was to investigate how girls are presented in the books as regards personality, appearance and relations. We also wanted to investigate the gender relations expressed in the books.

We discovered that the books we analysed largely go against traditional norms. This was most visible in Cirkeln. In Lassemajas detektivbyrå there are leading characters who break the norms, but otherwise traditional gender patterns are retained. In Rum 213 it was not as clear that the author wanted to break traditional patterns. In the books we observed a desire to create new spaces for girls to be themselves on the basis of their identity and not their gender. It is our perception that today’s books for children and adolescents are increasingly questioning traditional norms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 26 p.
Keyword [en]
Gender, children’s literature, norms, girls, gender relations, discourse analysis
Keyword [sv]
Genus, barnlitteratur, normer, flickor, genusrelationer, diskursanalys
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General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-50030OAI: diva2:908222
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Lärarprogrammet, inriktning mot verksamhet i grundskolans senare år och gymnasiet
Available from: 2016-03-02 Created: 2016-03-01 Last updated: 2016-03-02Bibliographically approved

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