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Haruki Murakami: Female Gender Subversion and Contradicting Confucianism in 1Q84
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Japanese.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This research aims to identify how Haruki Murakami depicts the character Aomame with regards to the BSRI scale in the first part in the trilogy 1Q84. The primary data consists of the original work of 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. The secondary data consists of previous literature and studies in the fields’ literature, psychology and anthropology, which serves to aide in the process of interpreting the primary data. The research is conducted by doing a qualitative research focusing on Murakami’s gender representation of Aomame by analyzing what actions and behavior she exerts throughout the novel. The results of the data will be used in two ways. Primarily it will be used to categorize perceived traits and behavior by applying the BSRI-scale to get a better understanding to what extent Aomame is portrayed in terms of masculinity, femininity and androgyny. The interpreted data will also be used to measure to what extent Confucianism is prevalent on our protagonist and the depicted environment that surrounds her. This research will serve as a purpose to understand Haruki Murakami’s gender representation better, with specific focus on the female character Aomame, and how the BSRI-scale can be used as a tool to assess gender stereotypes in literature.

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2017.
Keyword [en]
Haruki Murakami, 1Q84, Aomame, BSRI-scale, Confucianism
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Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-25313OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-25313DiVA: diva2:1113947
Available from: 2017-06-22 Created: 2017-06-22

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