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12 Years a Slave in upper secondary school: Using a slave’s narrative to raise students’ awareness of racism
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The overall aim of the study is to investigate how 12 Years a Slave can help raise awareness among upper secondary students about racism and to inspire sympathy with the characters presented in passages regarding the cruelty and injustice of slavery.

The study is based on literary didactics methods, applied to the textual analysis of the passages, to create a hypothetical scheme for teachers that can be used to work with slave narratives in the classroom. The analysis of the passages, in conjunction with the literary didactics methods used, provides methods through which students may increase their awareness of racism and sympathize with the characters in the book by creating their own plays, reenacting the cruelty committed against slaves. Also, when dealing with the injustice of slavery, students can imagine themselves being present even though they will not be able to experience it physically. This may help students sympathize with the main character and help them understand racism from the victim’s point of view.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
social constructivism, collaborative learning, collectively, postcolonial, slavery, slaves, injustice, cruelty
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General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-53299OAI: diva2:935340
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Educational program
Teacher Education Programme for Upper Secondary School, 300/330 credits
Available from: 2016-08-02 Created: 2016-06-10 Last updated: 2016-08-02Bibliographically approved

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