Gender Stereotyping in Children s Literature A Case Study on the children s novel Matilda by Roald Dahl

Author: Karolin Liebig
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3668223882
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Seminar paper from the year 2015 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 3,0, University of Erfurt (Anglistik/Amerikanistik), course: Language and Gender, language: English, abstract: This study examines the language use towards male and female characters in the children’s novel 'Matilda' written by Roald Dahl. The fact of an uneven depiction of female and male characters in children’s literature, which is proved in many studies, is the base of this analysis. With this work I examine if Dahl uses gender stereotyped language in his popular novel as well. The selection of this book has a personal background. When I was an Au pair in Australia an audiobook with all stories of Roald Dahl fell into my hands. The owner, a boy, said I should definitely listen to those because they are “awesome”. For this kind of study I thought Matilda might be interesting because the protagonist is a girl. The main emphasis of the analysis is put on the number of characters and their occupation, the used adjectives to describe the characters, and the verbs describing the characters’ actions. That leads to the following hypotheses: Firstly, female characters are underrepresented in extensive roles; secondly, male characters are depicted in more different occupations than female characters; thirdly, different adjectives are used to describe female and male characters; and finally, female characters are portrayed predominantly in gender-stereotyped activities. The overall interest of this work is if the characters in this children’s novel are mainly described in a gender-stereotyped way. My work is structured as follows: I will provide a rough introduction in Gender studies and especially in the field of Gender and Language in the first chapter. Further I point out the central matters of the research in Gender and Children’s literature and introduce a few studies that support my own examination and are the basis for the hypotheses. The first part in the second chapter gives an introduction to the sample book as well as the author. The second point describes the procedure of the research, the consistence of the data and how it is collected. How the data is arranged for the analysis is to be found in the third part of chapter two. The third chapter starts with the analysis of the occurring characters and their occupations, followed by an analysis of the adjectives to find out if the author uses gender stereotyped words to describe female and male characters. In the fourth part of this chapter the verbs are examined for gender stereotyping female characters. The conclusion sums up the work and gives a prospect of further questions.

A seed in need

Author: Sam Godwin
ISBN: 9789601600178
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Follows the progress of a sunflower seed as it grows from a seed into a plant.

Author: Τζούλιαν Μπαρνς
Publisher: Metaichmio Publications
ISBN: 6180305609
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Μάιος του 1937. Ένας τριαντάρης περιμένει δίπλα στον ανελκυστήρα μιας πολυκατοικίας του Λένινγκραντ. Περιμένει όλη τη νύχτα ότι ανά πάσα στιγμή θα τον οδηγήσουν στο Αρχηγείο της Υπηρεσίας Κρατικής Ασφάλειας. Καμιά από τις διασημότητες που γνώρισε την περασμένη δεκαετία δεν μπορεί τώρα να του φανεί χρήσιμη. Και ελάχιστοι από όσους οδηγούνται στο Αρχηγείο επιστρέφουν. Αυτή είναι η αφετηρία του νέου αριστουργηματικού μυθιστορήματος του Μπαρνς, μια ιστορία για τη σύγκρουση ζωής και τέχνης, το θάρρος, τη δειλία, και τον πόνο του αναπόφευκτου συμβιβασμού. Το βιβλίο αναφέρεται στη ζωή, το έργο του Ντμίτρι Σοστακόβιτς καθώς και στη σύγκρουσή του με το σταλινικό καθεστώς.

B jn zem DELTORA Hora d su

Author: Emily Rodda
Publisher: Nakladatelství Fragment
ISBN: 8025311724
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Pátý kámen Kouzelného pásu Deltory nebude vůbec snadné získat. V temných hlubinách Hory děsu, která se tyčí na samotných hranicích se Zemí stínů, jej hlídá strašlivý vládce. Mezi obyvateli Hory jsou spojenci, ale i zákeřní nepřátelé. Podaří se našim hrdinům překonat všechny nástrahy? Pátý díl napínavé edice Bájná země DELTORA.

To koritsi me to tatouaz

Author: Stieg Larsson
ISBN: 9789604535200
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Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared off the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family. There was no corpse, no witnesses, no evidence. But her uncle, Henrik, is convinced that she was murdered by someone in her own family, the deeply dysfunctional Vanger clan. Journalist Mikael is hired to investigate.


Author: Euripides
ISBN: 9788573264494
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Tendo por base um antigo mito grego, a 'Medeia' narra a vingança da altiva Medeia contra Jasão, depois que este - após ter conquistado o Velo de Ouro com sua ajuda - a rejeita para desposar a filha do rei de Corinto. Edição bilíngue com tradução de Trajano Vieira.