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postgraduate thesis: Swapping glass slippers for Jimmy Choos : gendered discourses in current renditions of popular princess fairy tales

TitleSwapping glass slippers for Jimmy Choos : gendered discourses in current renditions of popular princess fairy tales
Authors
Issue Date2013
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Citation
O'Hagan, M. J.. (2013). Swapping glass slippers for Jimmy Choos : gendered discourses in current renditions of popular princess fairy tales. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5094913
AbstractThe focus of this research is on gendered discourse in fairy tales with particular reference to identity formation in very young readers. Both the modern culture industry of adult consumption and children’s culture constantly take up and recycle fairy tale themes in visual entertainment, literature and merchandising. Without being overly deterministic it is credible to claim that fairy tales exert an influence on the collective consciousness in many societies. Moreover since fairy tales frequently from the backbone of early reader schemes in both first- and second-language programmes, it is important to study the language used to define the relationship between children and culture. Critical Discourse Analysis serves as the best approach to investigate how gender is constructed through language in my analysis of current renditions of three popular princess fairy tales. This linguistic analysis examines character action and character description through a transitivity analysis, an appraisal of attitudinal lexis and an investigation of stylistic markers. The findings from this research provide evidence of three gendered discourses, identified as ‘The Passive Princess’, ‘Women beware women’ and ‘The Beauty Contest’. An examination of how these discourses operate to align the reader indicates that they are potentially damaging to women, men, girls and boys and gender relations. The main conclusion drawn from this study is that the three prevailing discourses position children and they may enjoy or resist this subject positioning in part or total. This dissertation recommends that Critical Literacy strategies be adopted in school in order to prevent gender privileging when using fairy tales.
DegreeMaster of Arts in Applied Linguistics
SubjectLanguage and languages - Sex differences
Discourse analysis
Dept/ProgramApplied English Studies
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/193548

 

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dc.contributor.authorO'Hagan, Miranda Jane-
dc.date.accessioned2014-01-13T23:10:37Z-
dc.date.available2014-01-13T23:10:37Z-
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.identifier.citationO'Hagan, M. J.. (2013). Swapping glass slippers for Jimmy Choos : gendered discourses in current renditions of popular princess fairy tales. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5094913-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/193548-
dc.description.abstractThe focus of this research is on gendered discourse in fairy tales with particular reference to identity formation in very young readers. Both the modern culture industry of adult consumption and children’s culture constantly take up and recycle fairy tale themes in visual entertainment, literature and merchandising. Without being overly deterministic it is credible to claim that fairy tales exert an influence on the collective consciousness in many societies. Moreover since fairy tales frequently from the backbone of early reader schemes in both first- and second-language programmes, it is important to study the language used to define the relationship between children and culture. Critical Discourse Analysis serves as the best approach to investigate how gender is constructed through language in my analysis of current renditions of three popular princess fairy tales. This linguistic analysis examines character action and character description through a transitivity analysis, an appraisal of attitudinal lexis and an investigation of stylistic markers. The findings from this research provide evidence of three gendered discourses, identified as ‘The Passive Princess’, ‘Women beware women’ and ‘The Beauty Contest’. An examination of how these discourses operate to align the reader indicates that they are potentially damaging to women, men, girls and boys and gender relations. The main conclusion drawn from this study is that the three prevailing discourses position children and they may enjoy or resist this subject positioning in part or total. This dissertation recommends that Critical Literacy strategies be adopted in school in order to prevent gender privileging when using fairy tales.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)-
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)-
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subject.lcshLanguage and languages - Sex differences-
dc.subject.lcshDiscourse analysis-
dc.titleSwapping glass slippers for Jimmy Choos : gendered discourses in current renditions of popular princess fairy tales-
dc.typePG_Thesis-
dc.identifier.hkulb5094913-
dc.description.thesisnameMaster of Arts in Applied Linguistics-
dc.description.thesislevelMaster-
dc.description.thesisdisciplineApplied English Studies-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.5353/th_b5094913-
dc.date.hkucongregation2013-

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