Identitetsutvikling i fantasylitteratur for barn og unge : Hvordan det fantastiske belyser hovedpersonens identitet og utvikling i Tonje Tornes’ Hulder og Forbannet
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Original versionLundevold, R.J. (2021) Identitetsutvikling i fantasylitteratur for barn og unge : Hvordan det fantastiske belyser hovedpersonens identitet og utvikling i Tonje Tornes’ Hulder og Forbannet. (Master's thesis). University of Agder, Kristiansand.
This thesis is a contribution to the literature scientific exploration of how peoples identity development can be formed within the fantasy genre. It puts a focus on how a main characters development can be mirrored in other characters and in the surroundings, and sees the development according to a relevant theoretic selection. Different theoretics such as Farah Mendlesohn, Maria Nikolajeva, Åsfrid Svensen, Rolf Gaasland, Anna Skyggebjerg and Roz Kaveney have been central in the development of the theoretic foundation of this thesis. In the analysis the focus is drawn to different challenges which the main character has to relate to, and these become connected to a classical initiation model, where the main character moves from a stable home state of mind, to an open liminal phase, characterized by «homelessness». The thesis confirms that a personal identity development is shaped by both external and internal challenges. An interesting find is that the development is not always for the better, despite the long tradition of a positive developmental structure in children´s fantasy literature. The liminal phase is extensive in Kire, contains multiple challenges, and gives a rich foundation for further analysis in the thesis. It is interesting to see that the Kire-novels contains certain deviations in relation to traditions within the fantasy genre.
Master's thesis in Primary teacher education level 1-7 (NO502)