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Döden ansiken: Representationer av karaktären döden i svensk populärkultur från 1912 till 2013
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Death is something we are all faced with at some or several points in life. In a few places in popular culture, characters are quite literarily faced with death and it is those meetings or rather those deaths that this essay is about. Death as a character are the way that this essay will question the development of grief and fear around the subject death in Swedish popular culture during a hundred years. The essay does also include a comparison between some international examples and the Swedish ones, to not only compare the Swedish deaths against each other but also against something else. The analysis has shown that death is not portrayed in the same way twice even if some of them have shared characteristics. Death as a character has been used to different purposes over the years and the genre has changed with that purpose. It turns out that the character death is not used in only one remark but in many different ones, and with the international comparison it becomes clear that there could be as many characters representing death as it exists emotions surrounding the subject. However, death as a character has been used with more humour and creeping down the ages of the viewers and readers for the later part of these last hundred years. And since popular culture sets the norms to what we are exposed to this can also be said about life in general. Death has become less scary even for teens and children who are now exposed to quite deep feelings about loss and grief. 

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2015. , 24 p.
Keyword [en]
History of Science and Ideas, Death, Character Death, Grief, Fear, Popular Culture, Gender, and Genre
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-253944OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-253944DiVA: diva2:816703
Engelska Parken 6-2017, Thunbergsvägen 3, Uppsala (Swedish)
Available from: 2015-06-15 Created: 2015-06-03 Last updated: 2015-06-15Bibliographically approved

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