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Teaching Norm Criticism Through The Novel Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis aims to give examples as to how teachers may help prevent discriminating behaviour in school. The background for this inquiry lies with a report that Skolverket [The Swedish National Agency] released in 2009. This report presents an extensive investigation concerning students’ understanding of discrimination and harassment. The results from student interviews showed that norms connected with gender, sexuality, religion, ethnicity and disability are often what lie underneath discriminating behaviour. If norms are what fuels discriminating behaviour, it is suggested that we may help prevent it by addressing norms. Explicit systematic methods to address norms for the purpose of changing them are few. However, I argue this can be done through combining literary analysis, norm critical pedagogy and didactical approaches that suit the students.

This thesis analyses the novel Dead Until Dark as treatments of the concepts heteronormativity, the male gaze and the Other. By doing so it seeks to exemplify how the novel may be a suitable medium for working norm critically with hetero-norms, gender norms and ethnicity norms in the English subject. Through adopting a norm critical pedagogy and the didactical approach, responding to narratives, this thesis gives examples as to how the teacher practically, in a three-step method, may teach students to do a norm critical reading of the novel. The aim of this reading is to address, question and reflect about one’s own position in relation to norms that cause discriminating behaviour.

 

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2016. , p. 35
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Norm critical pedagogy; Responding to Narratives; Dead Until Dark; Heteronormativity; The Male Gaze; the Other
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Humanities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-138564OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-138564DiVA, id: diva2:1067752
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