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  • 201.
    Bonnarp, Lovisa
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
    Popular Culture as Resistance: The Dual Critique of Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This essay aims to examine Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games, a dystopian novel, using Marxism, a utopian ideology, and also to highlight the dual critique presented by the book. This essay will use Marxism’s view on ideology and mass culture to analyse The Hunger Games. The essay argues that the power structure in the novel is critiqued from a classically Marxist perspective, based on class theory. Because the novel has a reality-show inspired element it also addresses more postmodern ideas as well, i.e. ideas of late capitalism and its influence on today’s society.

    The Hunger Games was published in 2008, the same year that the financial crisis hit America. The book follows 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen who lives in District 12 in the future dystopian world of Panem. The leaders of Panem live in the Capitol, from where they control the twelve surrounding districts with an iron fist. Part of their control is enforced by the Hunger Games in which a boy and a girl from each district compete until only one survivor is left each year.

    The essay finds it interesting to bring out the Marxist critique in The Hunger Games since it is written by an American author and has found most of its popularity in America, a country that has a complicated historical relationship with Marxism and communism ever since the Cold War. The Marxist critique in The Hunger Games makes the book quite radical, especially considering its place of publication and the socioeconomically fraught time in which it was published.

    The Hunger Games contains two different kinds of critique: the book’s critique of today’s society, and the main character’s critique of the fictional society in which it is set. The essay suggests that readers of The Hunger Games have found that by reading about the main character’s critique of the society she lives in, they might themselves become more interested in viewing their own society in a more critical way.

  • 202.
    Bonnevier, Jenny
    Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
    Making Babies and Making Home in an All-female World: Reproduction, Sexuality, and Belonging in Nicola Griffith's Ammonite2018Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    All-female worlds, often utopian, are part of the feminist sf-tradition. In constructing these worlds, one vital aspect that by necessity needs to be re-thought is reproduction. How this has been done varies wide-ly. Examining both “reproductive solutions” and how these are represented as part of cultural, social and political contexts allows us to explore feminist reproductive futurities; that is, we can explore ways in which feminism can reformulate both reproduction and kinship per se, and, more importantly, the connection between these and a future free from gender-based oppression.

    This paper focuses on Nicola Griffith’s novel Ammonite (1992), set on the all-female planet of Jeep and featuring Earth-born anthropologist, and newcomer to Jeep, Marghe Taishan. Three thematic concerns are analyzed. First, I look at how the novel represents reproduction as not only a biological but also a mental process; secondly, sexuality and its connection to reproduction will be discussed. Finally, the idea of be-longing, of being or becoming part of a world or a community and the ways in which the novel connects this experience to reproduction will be explored. The emphasis on belonging in the novel, and in particular belonging represented as part of a biological/genetic process comes across as highly topical in a time where we increasingly talk about identity and kinship in terms of DNA. On a more general note, Ammonite also raises equally topical questions of assimilation and integration, of power and powerlessness in meetings between cultures.

  • 203.
    Borg, Linnea
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies (from 2013).
    Mellan Sänkan och Höjden: En maktanalys av romanen Björnstad2019Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Through a power analysis, this paper examines how the athletic quality of the ice hockey players versus their socio-economic conditions is made in Fredrik Backman's novel Björnstad. Based on Michel Foucault's theory of dynamic strength, an analysis is made of how power relationships occur between players of different sports quality and socioeconomic background. The analysis begins with a analysis of the rape in the story and then proceeds with a discussion about the different means used in the text to produce the players' quality and socioeconomic backgrounds. By then analyzing different sections of the story, I discuss how the dynamic power relationships occur between selected players and other characters associated with the ice hockey club. In the context of power relations, master suppression techniques are discussed that the characters use.

  • 204.
    Borgström, Frida
    Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
    Före sin tid?: - En studie av barnsynen i två av Elsa Beskows bilderböcker2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Studien analyserar två bilderböcker ur den svenska bilderbokskonstnären och författaren Elsa Beskows populära tantserie. Den första är Tant Grön, Tant Brun och Tant Gredelin skriven år 1918 och den andra är Petters och Lottas Jul utgiven för första gången år 1947. Syftet med denna studie är att undersöka och jämföra hur barnkaraktärerna i böckerna framställs, hur böckernas barnsyn kommer till uttryck och undersöka hur böckernas barnsyn förhåller sig till den barnsyn som kommer till uttryck i FN:s barnkonvention. Ytterligare en del av studiens syfte är att föra en diskussion kring hur pedagogen kan arbeta med bilderböckers syn på barn i äldre tider. Studien utgår ifrån det Lena Kåreland tar upp om behov- och kravpedagogik, Ellen Keys barnsyn och det Anne Banér tar upp om framväxten av sekelskiftets traditionella barnsyn. Studien utgår även ifrån Maria Nikolajevas föreställningar om bilderboken. Analysen visar att barnkaraktärerna framställs som lydiga och hjälpsamma. Analysen visar även att de båda böckerna ger uttryck för behov- och kravpedagogik samt att böckernas barnsyn till stor del är påverkad av Ellen Keys barnsyn. De båda böckernas barnsyn stämmer även i hög grad överens med den barnsyn som kommer till uttryck i FN:s barnkonvention. Den avslutande didaktiska diskussionen kommer fram till att pedagogen kan arbeta med tantböckerna i klassrummet parallellt som pedagogen arbetar med temat barn och barns villkor i äldre tider.

  • 205.
    Borgström, Frida
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
    Andersson, Jonas
    Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
    Känsliga pojkar och oskyldiga flickor: - En karaktärsanalys av två Sune-böcker2016Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 206.
    Borgström, Maria
    Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
    Högläsning för läslust: – En systematisk litteraturstudie om högläsningens effekt på elevers läslust2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Detta självständiga arbete sammanställer elva vetenskapliga artiklar som behandlar vilka effekter lärares högläsning har på elevers läslust. Vissa av artiklarna grundar sig på studier av mer kvantitativ art och andra är mer kvalitativa. De bakomliggande studierna i artiklarna har också haft olika informanter: vissa har enbart antagit lärares perspektiv och vissa har enbart utgått ifrån eleverna, medan några har grundat sig på både lärar- och elevperspektiv. Innehållet har analyserats systematiskt i syfte att ta reda på vilka komponenter som lärarens högläsning behöver för att den ska bidra till att elevers läslust ökar. Arbetet har utförts som en systematisk litteraturstudie där innehållet i artiklar har kodats, kategoriserats och tematiserats. Enligt analysen framstår det som att det finns fyra komponenter som bör ackompanjera högläsningen för att den ska påverka elevernas läslust positivt: strategier och struktur, genuint intresse , intressant material och valfrihet samt social kontext. Lärare bör planera sin undervisning för att inkludera dessa fyra komponenter i högläsningssituationen.

  • 208.
    Bouttier, Sarah
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
    War and Continuity in D. H. Lawrence's Works2015In: Etudes Lawrenciennes, ISSN 2272-4001, no 46Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The incipit of Lady Chatterley’s Lover has a particular distant tone and is immediately attributed to its protagonist: “This was more or less Constance Chatterley’s position.” The free indirect speech, the mitigating use of the adverbs “more or less” and the overall non-committal impression conveyed by this paragraph should alert us on the fact that it does not account for Lawrence’s vision of the effect of the Great War. However, these first lines seem to encompass claims often made when depicting Lawrence’s vision of the war. After a brief summary of those claims, this paper will seek to show that even though they are absolutely legitimate, they do not account for the whole of Lawrence’s reaction and depiction of the war and its aftermath: instead of the common idea of rupture and confinement brought about by the war, this paper emphasizes, through a close reading of war scenes and descriptions of characters before and after the war, the notion of continuity through the war. 

  • 209.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    A Silent Spout: Paul de Man's Moby-Dick2013In: The Translator, Vol. 19, no 1, p. 25-49Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 210.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    Allegories of War:: Paul de Man's Moby-Dick Translation2014In: Leviathan, ISSN 1525-6995, Vol. 16, no 3, p. 21-38-Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 211.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    Applying Luhmann to Translation Studies: Translation in Society.2014In: Target, ISSN 0924-1884, E-ISSN 1569-9986, Vol. 26, no 2, p. 329-336Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 212.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    Authorial Governance in Herman Melville’s Benito Cereno2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 213.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    Between Assimilation and Ethnic Persistence.: The Bilingual Memoir of Carl Schurz2011In: Amerika im europäischen Roman um 1850. : Varianten transatlantischer Erfahrung / [ed] Alexander Ritter, Vienna: Praesens Verlag, 2011, p. 289-300Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 214.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    Counting blessings (and sheep): On twenty years EST INTRODUCTION2014In: Target, ISSN 0924-1884, E-ISSN 1569-9986, Vol. 26, no 2, p. 169-183Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 215.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    Crèvecoeur's Mother Tongues2013In: (M)Other tongues / [ed] Prade, Juliane, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 216.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    Daytsh iz dokh yidish: Translingualism in Sholem Aleichem’s Motl Peyse2015Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 217.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    English as a Dead Language2007In: Review of International American Studies, Vol. 2, no 3, p. 5-7Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 218.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    Environmentalism, Secret Letters, and Pseudo-Translations in the Early American Printscape2015Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 219.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    Ghostly Conceits: Charles Brockden Brown’s Translation of Constantin Volney2015Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 220.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    Is IASA Entering Its Second Phase?2007In: Review of International American Studies, Vol. 2, no 1, p. 5-7Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 221.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    Is Translation Studies too much about translation? A reply to Jan Blommaert2008In: Target, ISSN 0924-1884, E-ISSN 1569-9986, Vol. 20, no 1, p. 152-158Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 222.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    La lengua de la literatura: la instituiontionalización por la mediación del discurso2005In: Tonos Digital: Revista Electrónica de Estudios Filológicos, ISSN 1577-6921Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 223.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    Language Politics, Translation, and American Literary Histories2006In: Target, ISSN 0924-1884, E-ISSN 1569-9986, Vol. 18, no 1, p. 121-137Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 224.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    Making Sense of Translated Narrative2015Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 225.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Uses of Revolution2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 226.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    No Author mais Seulement un Ecriveur: J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur as Self-Translator2013In: La Traduction des voix intra-textuelles/Intratextual Voices in Translation / [ed] Kristiina Taivalkoski-Shilov and Myriam Suchet, Montréal: Editions québécoises , 2013Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 227.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    Poe and the GEO2015Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 228.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    Revolution and Catastrophism in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ‘My Kinsman, Major Molineux2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 229.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    Singing Hail Columbia in German and English: The Sequential Bilingualism of Carl Schurz2011In: American Studies/Amerikastudien, Vol. 56, no 2, p. 197-218Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 230.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    Sovereign Passions in Leonora Sansay’s Secret History and Zelica2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 231.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    The Devil Knows Where: Emblematic History in Sophia Peabody’s Cuba Journal and Hawthorne’s Legends of the Province House2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 232.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    The Ideological Function of Illustrations in American Literary Histories2001In: Image and Narrative: Online Journal of the Visual Narrative, Vol. 3Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 233.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    The Institutional Origins of American Literary History2005In: Comparative American Studies, ISSN 1477-5700, E-ISSN 1741-2676, Vol. 3, no 2, p. 173-187Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 234.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    The Other 'Other Singer': Linguistic Alterity in Esther Kreitman's Transit Fiction2011In: Prooftexts, ISSN 0272-9601, E-ISSN 1086-3311, Vol. 31, no 1, p. 95-117Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 235.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    The Revolution of 1848 in the Memoirs of Henry Villard and Carl Schurz2012In: The Consortium on Revolutionary Era.: Selected Papers, 2010 / [ed] Mikaberidze, Alexander, Carol Harrison and William Olejniczak, Shreveport: Louisiana State University , 2012, p. 142-153Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 236.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    The Riddling Effect: Rules and Unruliness in the Work of Harry Mathews2006In: Electronic Book Review, ISSN 1553-1139, E-ISSN 1553-1139Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 237.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    The Semantics of Self-Denial: The New American Studies through the Lens of Niklas Luhmann’s Social Systems Theory2011In: Addressing Modernity: Social Systems Theory and U.S. Cultures / [ed] Hannes Bergthaler and Carsten Schinko, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011, p. 131-150Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 238.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    Tumultuous Curiosity: Naturalism and Revolution in American Literature2016Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 239.
    Boyden, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    Voiceless ends: Melville's Benito Cereno and the translator in narrative discourse2014In: Language and Literature, ISSN 0963-9470, E-ISSN 1461-7293, Vol. 23, no 3, p. 255-269Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The first part of this article confronts the ways in which translation scholars have drawn on insights from narratology to make sense of the translator's involvement in narrative texts. It first considers competing metaphors for conceptualizing the translator's involvement, arguing for a clearer differentiation between modes of framing and telling. Next, it evaluates the ways in which translation scholars have attempted to integrate the translator as a separate textual agent in governing models of narrative communication, concluding that the conceptual gains to be reaped from positing the translator as a separate enunciator or agent in narrative transactions are limited. The second part of the article analyzes two Dutch translations of Herman Melville's novella Benito Cereno, by Johan Palm (1950) and Jean Schalekamp (1977) respectively. Rather than striving to isolate the translators as separate tellers or co-producers of narrative structure, the analysis reveals that their agency shows foremost in the ways the 'voiceless' narrative of New World slavery is perspectivized in view of changing readerly expectations.

  • 240.
    Boyden, Michael
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    De Schutter, Helder
    Language Ideologies in American Literary History2006In: Comparative American Studies, ISSN 1477-5700, E-ISSN 1741-2676, Vol. 4, no 1, p. 285-306Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 241.
    Boyden, Michael
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    De Schutter, Helder
    The Ethics of Language Planning2008In: ADFL Bulletin, Vol. 39, no 2/3, p. 7-18Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 242.
    Boyden, Michael
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    Declercq, Elien
    Multilingualism and Diglossia in Migration Literature: The Case of Flemish Songs in Northern France2014In: Literature, Language, and Multiculturalism in Scandinavia and the Low Countries / [ed] Behschnitt, Wolfgang, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2014Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 243.
    Boyden, Michael
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    Goethals, Patrick
    Translating the Watcher's Voice: Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao into Spanish2011In: META: Journal des traducteurs/Translators' Journal, Vol. 56, no 1, p. 20-41Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 244.
    Boyden, Michael
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    Jooken, Lieve
    A Privileged Voice? J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur's 'History of Andrew, the Hebridean' in French and Dutch Translation2013In: Orbis Litterarum, ISSN 0105-7510, E-ISSN 1600-0730, Vol. 68, no 3, p. 222-250Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 245.
    Boyden, Michael
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
    Vandenbussche, Liselotte
    Translating the American West into English: The Case of Hendrik Conscience's Goudland2012In: Western American literature, ISSN 0043-3462, E-ISSN 1948-7142, Vol. 47, no 1, p. 23-46Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 246. Bradling, Björn
    et al.
    Lindberg, Ylva
    Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Learning Practices inside and outside School (LPS), Communication, Culture & Diversity @ JU (CCD@JU).
    Critical Perspectives as Advanced Reading Strategies: An Intersectional Approach to John Ajvide Lindqvist's Let the Right One In and Handling the Undead2018In: Horror Literature and Dark Fantasy: Challenging Genres / [ed] Mark A. Fabrizi, Leiden: Brill Sense , 2018Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 247.
    Brax, Emelie
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies.
    A Rhetorical Reading of George Orwell's 1984: The brainwashing of Winston in the light of ethos, logos and pathos2015Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim with this essay is to cast a light upon the brainwashing carried out by the totalitarian Party in George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984, and induce a deeper understanding of its persuasive effect on Winston Smith, the main character. Winston passionately hates the Party and its leader Big Brother who govern the country Oceania in which he lives. However, after having undergone brainwashing that also includes torture, Winston surrenders to the ideology of the Party and at the end of the novel his hatred towards Big Brother has turned to love. In order to understand Winton’s conversion I carry out a close reading of the novel and apply the three rhetorical means of persuasion, ethos, logos and pathos, to the novel and demonstrate when and how these appeals are used on Winston. Against this rhetorical background the analysis shows that the Party’s usage of rhetorical appeals can explain why the brainwashing works successfully in its persuasive aim. This result also demonstrates that these three appeals play a prominent role over a course of several years in the Party’s indoctrination of Winston. Additionally, the presence of rhetoric proves that there is more than Winston being tortured to his conversion. Thus, Winston is not only tortured into repeating the principles of the party, he is also persuaded into actually believing in them and loving Big Brother by the Party’s strategic appeals to ethos, logos and pathos.

  • 248.
    Brink, Emma
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies.
    Othering and Diversity in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: A Positive Presentation of Difference2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The Lord of the Rings trilogy is greatly diverse in species, races, and ethnicities which is a fact that over the decades has engendered great scholarly discussions about hidden racism in the literary work. Therefore, an analysis of intercultural matters and encounters realized throughout the story is relevant for detecting a possible racist ideology. By applying the postcolonial concept “Othering,” which is an act of differentiation, this essay analyzes racist instances in the story, and the result of or opposition to those, in order to indicate the presence of an anti-Othering ideology in the trilogy. The analysis is conducted through discussion of Othering of other species/races/ethnicities caused by blind trust in one’s own group, Othering inside one’s own group, Othering of other species/races/ethnicities, and discussion about instances of multicultural acceptance. Considering Tolkien’s relationship to nature, this discussion also extends to Othering of nature. Consequently, this essay concludes how The Lord of the Rings trilogy arguably is against Othering since the story generally presents the act as negative to others, oneself, and/or one’s beloved as well as contains instances which simply convey a positive view of multiculturalism.

  • 249.
    Broman, Anna
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Humanities.
    Kråkflickan och Raskolnikov: En komparativ studie av Brott och straff och Victoria Bergman- trilogin2013Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna studie behandlar de fyra böckerna Brott och straff av Fjodor Dostojevskij, Kråkflickan, Hungerelden och Pythians anvisningar alla tre skrivna av Jerker Eriksson och Håkan Axlander- Sundquist. Jag utför en illustrativ komparativ analys av mördarnas psyke och böckernas struktur samt undersöker det didaktiska värdet av att göra denna studie.

    Genom att psykologiskt analysera böckernas mördare har jag kunnat göra en psykologisk profil till de fyra. Raskolnikov som är dubbelmördare i kriminalromanen Brott och straff har en narcissistisk, schizofren läggning som beror på att hans omedvetna strider med det medvetna om det moraliska i att mörda. Viggo Dürer, den onda mördaren av ett femtiotal barn, som figurerar i trilogin är klart psykopatisk med en könsidentitetskonflikt. Victoria Bergman, den trasiga föräldramördaren som är huvudperson i Kråkflickan, Hungerelden och Pythians anvisningar lider av dissociativ personlighetsstörning till följd av upprepade övergrepp i barndomen. Hon är hjälten och detektiven på samma gång. Hennes dotter Madeleine, bortadopterad från födseln, är den som utför ett tiotal mord i trilogin. Med en liknande uppväxt som sin mamma är hon närmast psykopatisk och mördar med motivet hämnd. Victoria Bergman- trilogin faller inom ramen för både en detektivroman och en pusseldeckare, då läsaren får följa offer, förövare och detektiv och samtidigt själv ikläda sig rollen som den undersökande brottsutredaren.

    Det didaktiska värdet i min studie anser jag vara högt, då den för mig öppnat dörrar att som pedagog lättare ska kunna introducera äldre litteratur som ingår i kanon. Äldre litteratur kan komparativt studeras med hjälp av nyare som ligger närmare elevernas världsbild och då är lättare att ta till sig. All litteratur i min studie kan användas som underlag till värdegrundsdiskussioner och därmed låter eleverna uppnå en större förståelse för sin omvärld och sig själva. 

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    Bronsberg, Erling
    Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
    Poesi för ekonomer -Hur Karl Marx använder skönlitteratur i Kapitalet2019Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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