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Okyssta jungfrur i beigebruna kläder. Diskursanalys av bibliotekariebilder i svensk och amerikansk skönlitteratur.
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
2008 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesisAlternative title
Unkissed Virgins in Beige Brown Clothing. A Discourse Analysis of Librarian Images in Swedish and American Fiction. (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this Master’s thesis is to examine librarian images and stereotypes in Swedish and American fiction, and to discover if there are any differences between these. The images and stereotypes are also compared to those revealed in previous research. The study is based on ten novels. Five of these are written by Swedish authors and portrays Swedish librarians. The other five are written by American authors and portrays American librarians. The books were published between 1995 and 2007. Discourse analysis is used as theory and method. Quotes that describe librarians are used to illustrate images and reveal stereotypes. The analysis generates seven discourses, in which the quotes are embedded. The image that appears from the material is mainly negative. It doesn’t seem to have changed much and predominantly agrees with the image revealed in earlier research. It is possible to detect differences in the ways librarians are described in the Swedish literature and the American, but the stereotype is basically the same. The librarians in the material are primarily described as insignificant females with a drab way of dressing. The librarians lack the ability to attract the opposite sex and have little, if any, sexual experience. In lack of social life, they take refuge in reading. Some of the characters consider their job as their calling. A theme that only occurs in the American fiction is the transformation of drab and sexually inexperienced librarians into stylish and sexually active women with power to attract men.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University of Borås/Swedish School of Library and Information Science (SSLIS) , 2008.
Series
Magisteruppsats i biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap vid institutionen Biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1654-0247 ; 2008:10
Keywords [en]
bilder, stereotyper, litteratursociologi
Keywords [sv]
bibliotekarier, skönlitteratur, diskursanalys
National Category
Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-18744Local ID: 2320/3410OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-18744DiVA, id: diva2:1310678
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Uppsatsnivå: DAvailable from: 2019-04-30 Created: 2019-04-30

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