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Rödluvan och vargen: En kvalitativ textanalys av debatter och adaptationer i barnlitteraturen
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This two years master’s thesis is a review and exploration of the Swedish debate concerning children’s literature from the 19th century to the present, as well as the evaluation and analysis of four adaptations of the tale Red Riding Hood. The aims are to identify how ideas and values regarding the role of children’s literature in society have developed over time and to contribute with a knowledge base for continued reflection and discussion on the subject of children’s reading and mediation of children’s literature in public libraries.

The theory and method used in the thesis, is primarily based on the discourse analysis of Michel Foucault. I have identified four main discourses: the educational discourse, the liberation discourse, the politicized dis- course and the popular discourse. To explore the tension between contingency and permanence within the dis- cursive field I have revolved the analysis around key concepts such as ”pedagogy”, ”children” and ”childhood”. The four different adaptations of Red Riding Hood illustrate how beliefs about children and children’s reading have been revised over time. The study shows that the debate and the literature have evolved from a didactic and instrumental point of view to a more liberating and aesthetic approach. But the movement is not linear and uni- vocal. The current debates and the range of children’s literature today exhibit tendencies both of protective mo- rality, expressive and imaginative aesthetics and political awareness. The predominant view of children is still as human “becoming’s” rather than “beings”, and the value of reading literature is thus regarded as extrinsic and as a tool for language development. This continuous and ongoing educational discourse takes little interest in the children’s own ideas and opinions about books and reading. It is my conclusion that children’s libraries, as me- diators of children’s literature, have an enhanced role to play in today’s technologically based society; providing and encouraging book discussions and other literary activities where not only the literature is in focus, but the children’s own reading experiences as well. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 89 p.
Uppsatser inom biblioteks- & informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-4267 ; 663
Keyword [en]
Children’s Literature, Children’s Reading, Debates and Debating, Adaptations, Social Norms, Values
Keyword [sv]
Barn- och ungdomslitteratur, barns läsning, debatt, bearbetning (litteraturvetenskap), normer, värderingar
National Category
Information Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-253550Local ID: 663OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-253550DiVA: diva2:815263
Subject / course
Library and Information Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Available from: 2015-06-02 Created: 2015-05-29 Last updated: 2015-06-02Bibliographically approved

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