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Literary Theory in Upper Secondary School: Should It Be Used Before Higher Education?
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay examines the use of literary theory when teaching literature before higher education. The objective isto see how and if the integration of literary theory facilitates students’ engagement with and understanding of literature. The study is conducted with the qualitative method of interviews. Four teachers, certified for upper secondary school, were deemed appropriate to interview about their current use of literary theory, as well as their attitudes towards an increased use of literary theory. Besides the data collected through interviews, this study finds its theoretical foundation in the literary theories feminist, Marxist and postcolonial theory as well as in the Swedish curriculum for English at upper secondary level. Presently, the teachers do not use literary theory distinctly; however, they do consider the use of literary theory together with literature to be beneficial for the students’ understanding of literature and the world around them. Teachers stated that while some students only will grasp the idea of the theories, other students will be able to use and apply them. The curriculum supports the use of literary theory in the core values for students of upper secondary level.

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2019. , p. 23
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literary theory, feminist criticism, Marxism, postcolonial theory, teacher attitudes, literature, teaching and learning
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Educational Sciences Didactics Learning Pedagogy Pedagogical Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-44612ISRN: JU-HLK-ENA-1-20190012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-44612DiVA, id: diva2:1326288
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HLK, English
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Available from: 2019-06-18 Created: 2019-06-18 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved

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