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”Lever vi inte i ett fritt land kanske?”: analys av normer och normbrott i böckerna om Pippi Långstrump och Tusen gånger starkare
Södertörn University College, School of Gender, Culture and History.
2010 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this essay is to examine the construction of the norm-breaking characters Saga from the young adult novel Tusen gånger starkare written by Christina Herrström and Pippi Longstocking from the books written by Astrid Lindgren. In order to do this I have applied queer theory as well as theories of narrative in my analysis.

To be able to study the breaking of norms, it has been essential to first examine the way the norm itself is manifested in the books. Because of this I have chosen to begin my analysis with an examination of two other characters who by their normative behavior contrasts against Pippi and Saga, namely Signe and Annika. The understanding of the normative discourse that Signe and Annika represent is crucial in understanding the way Saga and Pippi later turn against it.

After that I examine in which ways Saga and Pippi breaks prevalent norms and how they as characters are constructed as being different. Subsequently I study the effects of Saga’s and Pippi’s norm-breaking, taking focus on how it influences Signe and Annika.

Finally I discuss the view of Saga and Pippi as subversive characters, and however the books can be said to have a subversive effect. Even though the norms are revealed as arbitrary through Saga’s and Pippi’s behavior, the books about Pippi as well as Tusen gånger starkare send out a clear message about what the expectations of normative behavior look like.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 31 p.
Keyword [en]
Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren, Tusen gånger starkare, Christina Herrström, normality, queer, character, gender.
National Category
General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-5704OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-5704DiVA: diva2:392399
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Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2011-01-27 Created: 2011-01-26 Last updated: 2011-01-27Bibliographically approved

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