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Male and female collocations in English fiction
2000 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study has been to examine how the characters, girls/ women and boys/ men, are depicted in the four chosen books and if they relate to traditional sex role patterns. Are the characters described in an old-fashioned and stereotyped way, where the female characters are portrayed as beautiful and little and the males as strong and brave? Are the female characters more positively depicted than the male ones? I have also tried to determine if there is any difference between the number of attributes used by female and male writers, as well as if the choice of attributes differs. The books selected and examined in this study are A Prayer for Owen Meany (Irving), Beloved (Morrison), Splitting (Weldon) London Fields (Amis). From the first 60 pages of each book all adjectives, ed- forms and ing- forms of verbs, adverbs and part descriptions, that in some respect are used to depict the characters, were excerpted. Then the descriptive words have been listed, counted, analysed in different aspects and compared with other studies in the field.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2000.
Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, attributes, collocations, descriptive words, stereotyped, attributes, non-sterotyped attributes, A Prayer for Owen, Meany, Beloved, Splitting, London Fields, English literature
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-48377ISRN: LTU-C/DUPP--00/09--SELocal ID: 5d3e5268-e249-4178-b35d-a1921ef68f21OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-48377DiVA: diva2:1021719
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
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English, master's level
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Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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