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Stereotyper, traditioner och den normbärande aktören i Lassemajas detektivbyrå: En studie om genuskonstruktioner och maktdimensioner i 2015 års bästsäljande barnlitteratur, Fängelsemysteriet.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Music and Art.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

This thesis studies five contemporary illustrated images from the 2015 bestselling children’s book Fängelsemysteriet, from the book series Lassemajas Detektivbyrå.

The thesis examines the images in order to interpret how gender is constructed and how the power of balance is displayed through the images. Thereafter, an analysis is carried out to determine in which ways the images have been influenced by national and cultural traditions and which conceptions regarding nationality, gender and age are noticeable. The thesis aim is to critically review the norms and patterns that can frequently be found in art and children’s literature. Because the images studied are illustrations in a literature book, the written text is also taken in consideration and studied in interaction with the images which gives the essay a literature angle. The thesis primary purpose is however the image analysis and the theoretical approach is headmost gender based. Panofsky´s iconological interpretation method is crucial in order to define and identify different gender roles and power dimensions. The images contain conventional gender patterns where “male” and “female” is kept separate. Attributes, activities, roles, professions and personal qualities distinguish differences in men and women. Even if the images show a norm deviation where children are portrayed as equals, traditional and stereotype gender roles can still be distinguished. The images illustrate clichéd perceptions of nationality and community. Foreign characters are stereotypically portrayed through traits which accommodate traditional and national symbols, names that can be associated with different cultures and religions and characters are portrayed with stereotypical appearances. Throughout the book the white middle-aged man is overrepresented and appears to still be norm bearing in Sweden’s most read contemporary children’s book today.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 45 p.
Keyword [sv]
genus, stereotyper, maskulinitet, femininitet, maktdimensioner, barnlitteratur
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Humanities and the Arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-65032OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-65032DiVA: diva2:1107211
Subject / course
Art Science
Educational program
Arts and Culture Programme, 180 credits
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Available from: 2017-06-15 Created: 2017-06-09 Last updated: 2017-06-15Bibliographically approved

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