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Bibliotekarien som detektiv: Representationer av bibliotekarier i detektivromaner
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The Librarian as Sleuth : Images of Librarians in Mystery Novels (English)
Abstract [en]

This master's thesis is a study of how librarians are depicted in crime fiction. 12 American and English mysterynovels featuring librarians in a central role were studied and analysed using character theory. Recurring traitswere identified and organised into themes. A number of prominent traits and themes emerged that show librariansas orderly and organised bibliophiles, but with a taste for adventure and excitement. They are keen problem solverswho enjoy a challenge, at work, or in the form of crime detection. These traits show fairly different sides ofthe characters, and hint of librarians having something of a dubble nature.

Some of the traits resonate with findings in earlier studies in the field, but the old stereotype was only parti -ally confirmed. In general the image of librarians presented in the mystery novels is a positive one, which inmany respects also rings true against the background of actual librarians and library work.

This is a two years master's thesis in Archive, Library and Museum studies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 75 p.
Keyword [en]
Librarians in literature, Literature, Detective and mystery stories, American, Detective and mystery stories, English, Detectives in literature, Stereotypes (Social psychology) in literature.
Keyword [sv]
Bibliotekarier i litteraturen, litteratur, amerikanska deckare, engelska deckare, detektiver i litteraturen, stereotyper i litteraturen.
National Category
Cultural Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-200921Local ID: 594OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-200921DiVA: diva2:625388
Subject / course
Library and Information Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-06-19 Created: 2013-06-04 Last updated: 2013-06-19Bibliographically approved

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