This study examines the phenomenon of ‘gender neutrality’ and how it is mediated in a selection of Danish and Swedish children’s books marketed as gender neutral. Theoretically, the thesis is based on considerations and discussions of gender and gender neutrality as a linguistic and visual dimension, drawing on critical gender theorists and experts such as Judith Butler, Bronwyn Davies, Lone Brønsted and Tekla Canger.
Using components included in the classic text analysis on a narratological basis, which are: presentation of the work, story line and topic, environment, narrative and reader position, gallery of characters, the study shows that “gender neutral” picture books omit certain word classes, such as the personal pronouns “she” and “he” and avoid distinctive gender markers like girls being cautious and boys being dominant. For gender neutral children’s books, the purpose is to make the reader (the child as well as the adult) focus on the characters and their relations rather than gender.
Concludingly, the thesis defines “gender neutrality” in children’s books as “when the existence of gender is recognized but is subordinate to the narrative”. Contradictory, the thesis also states that gender neutrality cannot have a definite definition. Instead, gender neutrality is the way of thinking and communicating gender in other ways than the binary understanding of gender and presenting different ways of being human. Finally, the thesis discusses possibilities of using alternative terms for gender neutrality, since the term is used broadly and without a specific definition in the Danish and Swedish languages.
|Uddannelser||Dansk, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) KandidatKommunikation, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||14 jun. 2019|