The purpose of this essay is to investigate how depictions of transgenders in fiction can be used to discuss gender identity. The essay examines how transgenders is portrayed in three novels and how these novels can be used in Swedish schools. Transgenders in literature has historically only been used to normalize cisgender. The Swedish school is an arena dominated by norms and the cisgender-norm controls the students, furthermore it penetrates the school curriculum. At the same time, there is room for teachers to criticize norms and to choose the literature that best suits their purpose. The characters that appear in literature are supposed to be able to say something about real people, and the analysis of the novels is made from a queer feminist perspective. The novels Skarven and Jag, En have some norms to debate and stereotypes to problematize, therefore they are useful when transgender is to be elucidated through fiction. Pojkarna, on the other hand, have a disrespectful portrayal of the transgendered character which instead risks confirming the view of cisgender as the normal and transgender as the abnormal.
|Publisher||Umeå universitet, Institutionen för kultur- och medievetenskaper|
|Source Sets||DiVA Archive at Upsalla University|
|Type||Student thesis, info:eu-repo/semantics/bachelorThesis, text|
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