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Plocka löss och bestraffa mäktiga trollkarlar. Representationer av bibliotekarier i fantasylitteraturen

Cyrén, Eva LU (2011) ABMM43 20101
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Abstract
In the field of library and information science there has long been a large amount of discontent with the librarian stereotype, especially with the image of the unattractive old maid whose books are her only comfort in life.

In this master’s thesis I argue that this discontent is an expression of the very same patriarchal views that formed the stereotype and also that a stereotype may well be represented in a subversive way or at least have subversive features.

Using Michel Foucault’s concepts of power and discourse and Judith Butler’s concept of subversive performativity as bases I analyse representations of librarians in fantasy literature and find that there are indeed subversive features in some of the representations.

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In the field of library and information science there has long been a large amount of discontent with the librarian stereotype, especially with the image of the unattractive old maid whose books are her only comfort in life.

In this master’s thesis I argue that this discontent is an expression of the very same patriarchal views that formed the stereotype and also that a stereotype may well be represented in a subversive way or at least have subversive features.

Using Michel Foucault’s concepts of power and discourse and Judith Butler’s concept of subversive performativity as bases I analyse representations of librarians in fantasy literature and find that there are indeed subversive features in some of the representations.

The representations analysed are the Librarian at Unseen University in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels; Madam Pince, librarian at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter novels by J. K. Rowling, and Elinor Loredan, owner of a private library in the Inkworld Trilogy by Cornelia Funke. (Less)
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author
Cyrén, Eva LU
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ABMM43 20101
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
library and information science, MLA, discourse, power, Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, fantasy literature, Pratchett, Discworld, Rowling, Harry Potter, Funke, Inkworld Trilogy, biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap, ABM, diskurs, makt, fantasylitteratur, Skivvärlden, Bläcktrilogin
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Swedish
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2027223
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2011-10-17 14:17:05
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2014-04-11 14:16:32
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  abstract     = {In the field of library and information science there has long been a large amount of discontent with the librarian stereotype, especially with the image of the unattractive old maid whose books are her only comfort in life.

In this master’s thesis I argue that this discontent is an expression of the very same patriarchal views that formed the stereotype and also that a stereotype may well be represented in a subversive way or at least have subversive features.

Using Michel Foucault’s concepts of power and discourse and Judith Butler’s concept of subversive performativity as bases I analyse representations of librarians in fantasy literature and find that there are indeed subversive features in some of the representations.

The representations analysed are the Librarian at Unseen University in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels; Madam Pince, librarian at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter novels by J. K. Rowling, and Elinor Loredan, owner of a private library in the Inkworld Trilogy by Cornelia Funke.},
  author       = {Cyrén, Eva},
  keyword      = {library and information science,MLA,discourse,power,Michel Foucault,Judith Butler,fantasy literature,Pratchett,Discworld,Rowling,Harry Potter,Funke,Inkworld Trilogy,biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap,ABM,diskurs,makt,fantasylitteratur,Skivvärlden,Bläcktrilogin
},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Plocka löss och bestraffa mäktiga trollkarlar. Representationer av bibliotekarier i fantasylitteraturen},
  year         = {2011},
}