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Världar av vackra kvinnor och våldsamma män: En analys av två fantasyromaner ur ett genusmedvetet perspektiv
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Comparative Literature.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay explores whether the gender constructions in Joe Abercrombie’s Best Served Cold and Juliet Marillier’s Daughter of the Forest question or contribute to existing gender categories. The analysis is performed using Raewynn Connell’s gender structure model, Brian Attebery’s theory of fantasy as a "fuzzy set" and Maria Nikolajeva’s schedule for stereotypical gender traits.

Thus, both of the texts were analyzed to determine if their contents, structures and reader responses create opportunities or act limiting, how the main characters are portrayed and how the books various power-, production-, emotional- and symbolic relations look like.

The result of the analysis is that both of the books portray patriarchal worlds, sexual division of labor, misogyny and gender-binding statements. The characters in Daughter of the Forest are quite stereotypical, with some traits that exceed their gender, whilst the characters in Best Served Cold are all portrayed with traditionally manly traits (even the female main character). Therefor one can say that Best Served cold’s female protagonist is the only element in the books that fully questions prevailing gender categories.

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2016.
Keyword [en]
Genus, genusordning, fantasy, könsroller, stereotyp, fuzzy set, Daughter of the Forest, Juliet Marillier, Best Served Cold, Joe Abercrombie.
Keyword [sv]
Genus, genusordning, fantasy, könsroller, stereotyp, fuzzy set, Daughter of the Forest, Juliet Marillier, Best Served Cold, Joe Abercrombie.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-22643OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-22643DiVA: diva2:949850
Available from: 2016-07-25 Created: 2016-07-25

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