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‛Sweet sixteen’: role models, initiation and the Self
Luleå tekniska universitet.
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication. Luleå tekniska universitet.
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, School Based Research, Teaching and Learning Language, Literature and Media.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8634-715X
Luleå tekniska universitet.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The presentation is part of an interdisciplinary project examining and describing how teenagers make use of spaces in the 21st century. This study focus on the construction of role models in literature for young adults and in virtual communities. Several contemporary novels put on center stage a young female’s way to adulthood. These novels are also examples of media convergence, with the same content narrated in different media platforms, like fan forums and films (Jenkins 2006a; 2006b). As previously observed, interacting readers negotiate and renegotiate concepts of selves through reading and writing practices, like posts in fan forums and blogs (Manderstedt & Palo, 2009; Palo & Manderstedt, 2011). This study aims to identify and analyze the construction of behaviour and identity formation, represented in literature, and virtual communities devoted to these literary worlds. The specific objective is to contribute with knowledge about young adults’ perception and use of role models affecting their comprehension of self. In Sweden, where the L1 teaching includes multimodal texts and non-Swedish texts (Skolverket, 2011a, 2011b), this knowledge can help L1 teachers and teacher educators design the teaching of literature. The material consists of the first novels from Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series and Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, the filmed versions thereof and data from four fan communities, discussing the literary works or films. The choice of collecting data from both contemporary popular literature/texts and fan communities draws on Swedish perspectives on literary studies and reading (Olin-Scheller & Wikström, 2010; Persson, 2012; Lindgren Leavenworth & Isaksson, 2013). Textual and visual analysis methods are applied on the material as well as an intersectional approach (de los Reyes & Mulinari, 2014). Concept of gender performance and the gaze are used analytically (Butler, (2006[1999]); de Lauretis, 2007), as well as theory on social semiotic (Kress, 2010; Kress & Selander, 2012). Findings suggest that in these novels and their converged media, the choices made by the female protagonist during her transition into adulthood marks the beginning of a personal development for the fictive character, but also of a change of the fictive universe.

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2015.
Keyword [en]
Female protagonists, Adulthood, Media convergence, Fan communities, Literary meeting places
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Humanities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-27042OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-27042DiVA: diva2:818658
Conference
IAIMTE 2015, Jun. 03 2015 - Jun. 05 2015, Odense, Denmark
Available from: 2015-06-09 Created: 2015-06-09 Last updated: 2016-01-14Bibliographically approved

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