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  • 101.
    Dodou, Katherina
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    Childhood Without Children: Ian McEwan and the Critical Study of the Child2009Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This study has a twofold ambition. First, it offers a new perspective on Ian McEwan’s works by focusing on his treatment of childhood. Second, by using McEwan’s writing as an example, it seeks to challenge the current critical preoccupation with childhood in the novel in terms solely of child characters. The dissertation argues that it is more productive to understand childhood as an entity distinct from children. Focusing on figurative uses of the child in fiction, it considers the significance of childhood in works that do not treat child characters. It shows that the inclusion of images and metaphors of childhood has significant thematic and formal implications for the overall meanings of literary artefacts. The thesis draws on recent scholarship in sociology and cultural studies which views images of children as documenting societal assumptions. The dissertation employs this approach to the child figure in culture to account for the use of childhood imagery in McEwan's novels. The discussion is comprised of two parts. Part one provides a critical and historical background to the field of childhood studies, the portrayal of childhood in the British novel and McEwan criticism. Part two begins by analysing the representation of a child in Atonement, then continues with the thematisation of childhood in the absence of children in The Child in Time, and then considers the figurative employment of childhood images in The Innocent and Saturday. The dissertation demonstrates that perceptions of childhood are key to McEwan’s critique of post-war British culture and notions of national identity, history, citizenship and civic disorder. More importantly, the dissertation offers a new paradigm for the critical examination of childhood in the novel – one which sheds light on the metaphorical uses of childhood. Ultimately, the thesis illuminates childhood’s capacity to define as well as to disseminate societal values.

  • 102.
    Dodou, Katherina
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    Dismembering a Romance of Englishness: Images of Childhood in Ian McEwan’s The Innocent2009In: Ian McEwan : art and politics, Heidelberg: Winter , 2009, p. 73-86Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 103.
    Dodou, Katherina
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    Examining the Idea of the Child: Childhood in the Contemporary British Novel2012In: The Child in British Literature: Literary Constructions of Childhood, Medieval to Contemporary, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan , 2012Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 104.
    Dodou, Katherina
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
    Internationalisering genom nätbaserad kollaboration: Högskolan Dalarnas och University of Botswanas gemensamma magisterkurs i engelska: ramar och pedagogiskt mervärde2016Report (Other academic)
  • 105.
    Dodou, Katherina
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
    Jim Sheridan’s The Field and the Memory of Dispossessed Irishness2014In: NIS: Nordic Irish Studies, ISSN 1602-124X, E-ISSN 2002-4517, Vol. 13, no 1, p. 111-128Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 106.
    Dodou, Katherina
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
    Joseph O’Connor’s Star of the Sea and the travelling memory of the Great Irish Famine2015In: The Leaving of Ireland: Migration and Belonging in Irish Literature and Film / [ed] John Lynch and Katherina Dodou, Oxford: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2015Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 107.
    Dodou, Katherina
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
    Mångfald bortom identifikationer: studentpopulationens diversifiering och vetenskapens arbetssätt2015In: Högre Utbildning, ISSN 2000-7558, E-ISSN 2000-7558, Vol. 5, no 3, p. 175-187Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Under de senaste två decennierna och som svar på politiska beslut om bland annat breddad studentrekrytering och en tydligare skrivning av högskolans etiska värdegrund har mångfald i högskolepedagogiska sammanhang identifierats som en fråga om identitet, makt och tillgänglighet. I en kritisk överläggning av studentmångfaldens behandling påtalar artikeln ett bristande beaktande av mångfaldsrekryteringens konsekvenser i förhållande till den högre utbildningens vetenskapliga grund. Överläggningen görs mot bakgrund av en studie utförd vid Högskolan Dalarna, vilken exemplifierar pedagogiska utmaningar kopplade till den ökade studentmobiliteten på avancerad nivå. I fokus står studenters tidigare träning i vetenskapsprocesser och vad deras varierade förkunskaper innebär vid mötet med den existenta magisterutbildningen. I artikeln positioneras relationen mellan mångfald och utbildningen i vetenskapliga arbetssätt som mittpunkten för högskolepedagogiska diskussioner om mångfaldsrekryteringens innebörder.

  • 108.
    Dodou, Katherina
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
    Reading and the Profession: On the Literary Education of English School Teachers2018In: Acta Didactica Norge - tidsskrift for fagdidaktisk forsknings- og utviklingsarbeid i Norge, ISSN 1504-9922, E-ISSN 1504-9922, Vol. 12, no 2, p. 1-17Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The article addresses the question of how English departments best can teach literature and literary reading to future upper-secondary school teachers of English. It approaches the question in terms of the literary scholar’s contribution to the professional education and practice of school teachers in Sweden. The article combines metacognitive analyses of disciplinary ways of thinking with profession theory to reflect on the literary content knowledge upper secondary school teachers need for their teaching practice. It outlines key differences between the understanding of what reading literature entails in academia and in upper secondary education, respectively, and it points out that current academic practices for teaching literature rely on a narrow understanding of what school teachers need to know about literature and literary reading to exercise their professional judgement concerning literature in the language classroom. Advocating a change in our academic teaching practices, the article proposes that literary debates over reading also be incorporated and that the principles and procedures underpinning professional modes of reading literature be explicitly articulated. This means verbalizing underlying theoretical assumptions about the value of literature and of reading it and explicating interpretative conventions and tools, alongside the skills, involved in literary reading. Such a teaching practice, the article posits, is not merely key to developing school teachers’ content knowledge regarding literature and reading. It is also a prerequisite for the development of their pedagogical reasoning when it comes to the uses of literature and to the affordances and limitations of literary reading in the school classroom.  

  • 109.
    Dodou, Katherina
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
    Satirical Frame of Mind: Ken Kalfus’s A Disorder Peculiar to the Country and the Literary Engagement with 9/112017In: European Journal of American Studies, ISSN 1991-9336, E-ISSN 1991-9336, Vol. 12, no 2, p. 1-17Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Prompted by debates on the role of comedy in the USA after 9/11, the essay explores the use of satire as one important narrative strategy that emerged in the subgenre of the American 9/11 novel. Criticism of 9/11 fiction tends to regard literary satire as a device used to counter governing descriptions of twenty-first century terrorism. By way of Ken Kalfus’s A Disorder Peculiar to the Country (2006), I show how literary satire on 9/11 is neither straightforward nor merely a means of political attack. Drawing on recent satire theory that views the satirical mode as unruly, various, and open-ended, I suggest that a closer look to the mixed intentions of this novel presents an opportunity to explore the dynamic between denunciation and comic relief in literary satire on 9/11 and opens the way for a more complex understanding of the operation and affordances of literary 9/11 satire.

  • 110.
    Dodou, Katherina
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
    "Studenterna kan inte problematisera": Om ämnesidentitet, signaturpedagogiker och litteraturvetenskapigt tänkande i akademiska språkämnen2017In: Utbildning och Demokrati, ISSN 1102-6472, E-ISSN 2001-7316, Vol. 26, no 3, p. 39-63Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    "The students can’t problematize": On disciplinary identity, signature pedagogies and literary thinking in language departments. The essay explores the teaching of scholarly reasoning as a pedagogical problem tied to the organization and definition of academic subjects. With special focus on the subject of English in Sweden, and based on a study of academic syllabi, it attends to the function ascribed to literary study and to the subject’s dominant assumptions and teaching practices for imparting domain knowledge and processes of inquiry. It suggests that, whilst the subject’s premises limit undergraduate students’ repertoire in the curricular field of literature, the educational aims of language departments and the conventions for teaching literature hamper the development of students’ ability to problematize in literary study.

  • 111.
    Dodou, Katherina
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
    Land, Fredrik
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
    Seminarier i litteraturhistoria2018In: Digitalisering av högre utbildning / [ed] Stefan Hrastinski, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2018, p. 23-28Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Detta kapitel beskriver hur vi använder diskussionsforum för seminarier i en litteraturhistorisk översiktskurs i engelska. Upplägget har styrt in studenterna på en mer långsam kunskapssökande process och fungerar som stöd i utvecklingenav deras litteraturvetenskapliga läsförmågor och analyspraktiker.

  • 112.
    Douglas, Anna
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
    A Father’s Failure: A Psychoanalytical Reading of theFather-Son Relationship in DonDeLillo’s White Noise2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 113.
    Dvorák, Martin
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    Attention Boosters in ESP Lectures2006In: LSP in Higher Education, Searching for Common Solutions, Brno, 2006, p. 68-70Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    To prove successful, language teaching requires a great deal of students’ participation in the process. However, students’ attention, a pre-requisite for such participation, tends to gradually wane as the lesson proceeds – a phenomenon that becomes yet more marked at lectures due to these not requiring listeners’ active involvement. The paper focuses on the means and techniques of keeping students attentive at ESP lectures (whose primary purpose is to acquaint them with IT-related vocabulary and advanced grammar structures) such as message encryption and decryption, use of metaphors, deviation from the expected, incorporation of grammar in the relevant socio-cultural context, etc.

  • 114.
    Dvorák, Martin
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    ESP and Automated Large-Scale Testing2007In: Profilingua 2007, sbornik prispevku z konference, Pilsen, 2007, p. 6-9Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Due to the nature of most university examinations, students often tend to concentrate their preparation efforts into a one-off act. This approach, however, proves ineffective when it comes to languages. The author introduced a method of regular testing that boosts the efficiency of English-teaching process in that it makes students prepare on a regular basis and minimizes the burden of handling numerous tests submitted in every round. The paper discuses the methodology of systematic computerized testing by means of answer sheets whose contents can be scanned and automatically evaluated.

  • 115.
    Dvorák, Martin
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    Internet Language Teaching, Production of Electronic Teaching Material2002In: Odborny jazyk v procesu evropske integrace, Prague, 2002, p. 40-43Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The paper tackles the issue of language teaching by means of language-based Internet websites paying particular attention to teaching the language for specialized purposes. It foreshadows the potential of Internet to function as a supplementary source of language information and training as well as that of self-contained material which is capable of covering virtually every area of language learning - grammar, spelling, specialized expressions, pronunciation etc. The emphasis is laid on how all the above mentioned categories can be combined and harmonized to produce concise worksheets targeting specific areas (biology, medicine, computer science etc.), their specialized terminology and merits of working with such material. The demonstration of samples of worksheets, tests and pronunciation exercises represents a major part of the paper. All these utilize web design (HTML, CGI scripts, JAVA scripts) and common methods of Internet audio transfer to meet the modern learner's language needs. The paper is given in English.

  • 116.
    Dvorák, Martin
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    Language Acquisition in a Toddler and Factors Affecting its Speed2008In: Sociokulturni kompetence ve vyuce cizich jazyku, Praha, 2008Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The paper focuses on the factors affecting the speed at which a toddler acquires language, chiefly new expressions and collocations. A special attention is paid to the individual functions of the child’s early language as described by M.A. K. Halliday (instrumental, regulatory, interactional, etc.) and the situations determining these. It also aims to point out idiosyncrasies of the acquisition process in terms of the infant’s exposure to two different languages – a major one (spoken by most of the members of the infant’s community) and the minor one (spoken by one of his/her parents only). Besides the theoretical background, the paper presents author’s practical examples and authentic recordings.

  • 117.
    Dvorák, Martin
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    Language Acquisition in an Infant: Role of Context2009In: Janua linguarum reserata: linvisticke, lingvodidakticke a literarni reflexe pro nove milenium, Pilsen, 2009, p. 14-20Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The paper focuses on the role different kinds of context (situational, physical, social, and linguistic) play in the development of infant's language during its individual stages (cooing, babbling, word and sentence formation) and attempts to delineate those contextual factors that the author considers most fruitful in the language acquisition process. Some attention is also paid to the peculiarities of bilingual upbringing such as language games the child himself/herself invents in the context of two languages (Czech vs. English) and calque creation. The paper lists numerous examples and its presentation is accompanied by audio and video material collected during research.

  • 118.
    Dvorák, Martin
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    Practicing English Grammar by Means of Electronic Drilling Exercises2003In: Sbornik prispevku z konference Profilingua 2003, Pilsen, 2003, p. 20-22Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 119.
    Dvorák, Martin
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    Smrzova, Jana
    www.nefrologie.eu – Building an Electronic Source of Information on the Principles of Andragogy2010In: Alternativni metody vyuky 2010, Prague, 2010Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The cooperation between a patient and their physician represents a pre-requisite for successful treatment. Provided the patient is well-informed and willing to cooperate, their illness turns out to progress more slowly and, as a result, they usually live longer than the one who is not as they are more likely to take precautions against medical complications associated with it. Moreover, the quality of such a person’s life is higher and treatment less expensive. The nefrologie.eu portal aims to educate patients, their relatives and other people interested in the area of kidney diseases. Apart from the provision of information on how to prevent and alleviate kidney-related disorders, the portal conducts a perpetual needs analysis thereby ensuring it is the areas that interest patients most that are widely covered by it. In this respect, it also serves as a needs analysis tool for doctors to monitor the fields patients most frequently lack information about allowing them to pinpoint and focus on these during their sessions with their own patients. As the counseling section comprises answers to the questions (800 up to now) the visitors (more than 200 a day) have posted via the site and thus contains concrete information relevant to the individual visitors’ past, present and future lives, its educational impact is facilitated through the personalization factor. What also contributes to the efficiency of the educational process is the fact the information is presented through multiple presentation channels and thus ensures sufficient repetitions and variations on themes. The paper also discusses other principles of andragogy that appear crucial in building a publicly available electronic information source targeting medical education of adults.

  • 120.
    Dyc, Anna
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    “Without contraries there is no progression”: The Paradoxical Heterogeneity of Identity in Sinead O’Connor’s Poetic Expression2005Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
  • 121.
    Ek, Cecilia
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
    English product names and descriptions in two Swedish supermarkets: A quantitative and qualitative analysis2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study aimed to investigate what proportion of two household staples, soap and crispbread products, in two Swedish supermarkets had English product names or descriptions, and attempted a qualitative analysis of the English language used. Out of the Swedish brands, 54-62% of the soap products had names and/or product descriptions containing English, compared to 13-15% of the crispbread; these differences were in line with previous research, suggesting English is used more to market certain product groups than other ones. Earlier studies have also proposed that English could be considered an ‘elite’ language in Sweden, and it might thus be more commonly found on more exclusive/expensive products, or in the supermarket primarily aiming at higher-income customers. However, the differences between the two supermarkets, and between the more and less expensive products, were not great enough for any firm conclusions. When products had a mixture of languages on the label, English was most often used for product names or part of names, not so often for product descriptions. Further studies with a larger amount of data would be required for more reliable conclusions, especially for the qualitative analyses. It would also be interesting to investigate customers’ attitudes towards the use of English on product labels.

  • 122.
    Eklycke, Sandra
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    Fluid Meaning and Storytelling as Vital Preservers of History and Identity in Ciaran Carson's "Belfast Confetti," "Dresden" and "Judgement."2004Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years))Student thesis
  • 123.
    Eleni, Tzimopoulou
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
    Epistemic Modality in Linguistic and Literature Essays in English: A comparative corpus-based study of modal verbs in student claims2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study is a corpus-based comparison between student essays written in the subject areas of English linguistics and literature at undergraduate level. They are 200 Bachelor degree theses submitted at a variety of university departments (such as English, Language and Literature, Humanities, Social and Intercultural Studies) in Sweden. The comparison concerns frequencies of core modal verbs and how often they occur together with the I, we and it subject pronouns and in the structures this/the [essay, study, project, thesis] when students attempt to communicate their personal claims. Quantitative and qualitative analyses of the essays show few similarities in the ways that core modal verbs appear in both disciplines. The results indicate mainly distinct differences, especially in relation to clusters and variation of performative verbs. Specific patterns in the ways that students use core modal verbs as hedges have also been identified.

  • 124.
    Elisabeth Franke, Franziska
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
    Humor in Pride and Prejudice : The Role of Humor in Austen’s Novel of Development2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 125.
    Enqvist, Mia
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    Understanding the Feminist Message in Gilman´s "The Yellow Wallpaper"2006Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
  • 126.
    Ericson, Jennifer
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
    Créolization in a Caribbean Landscape:: Representations of Deteriorating Landscapes and Internal Exile in Edwidge Danticat's Claire of the Sea Light 2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 127.
    Ericsson, Stina
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
    Professional and Non-Professional Written Travel Texts – Do They Have Common Features?: A Comparative Investigation on Travel Texts on Trysil, Norway2016Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study aims to investigate possible distinctions between professional and non-professional written travel texts all treating the same destination: the Norwegian ski resort Trysil. The study will investigate to what extent the different texts correlate with the genre of travel texts, as the travel texts are treated as personal narratives, and how they conform to a given structure for narratives and with guidelines for professional writers. Furthermore, the investigation aims to explore to what extent there are similarities and differences between the texts regarding the given structure. The texts will first be analysed and organized separately by macrorules and a news schema that are constructed specifically for these sorts of texts, in order to reveal their discourse structure, and then compared to each other. As the discourse structure of the different texts is revealed, it is seen that there are certain differences between the two different text types. Finally, seen that the text types differ in their structure, this study will show that despite the fact that journalists write stories, and that non-professional written stories are narratives, they do not share the same structure, and are constructed in different ways.

  • 128.
    Ericsson, Ursula
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
    More than Meets the I: Language, Postmodernism and Poststructuralism in Paul Auster’s City of Glass2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 129.
    Eriksson Albacke, Simon
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
    The Media and Ferguson: Descriptions of the authorities and the demonstrators in the reporting of the riots in Ferguson2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study aims to contribute to the research about ideology in media by examining how some newspapers described the authorities and the protesters during the first weeks of the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014. The study investigated to what extent the authorities and demonstrators were described in positive, neutral or negative ways, and whether there were any differences across four different newspapers (The LA Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch). Articles written about the riots were selected from the four newspapers. The material was analyzed from the perspective of certain keywords in context, utilizing methods from critical discourse analysis and corpus linguistics, to see if negative or positive descriptions of either the authorities or the demonstrators were present. It was found that there were indeed differences in the way the authorities and the demonstrators were described, with all the large newspapers mostly describing the demonstrators in a positive way and the police in a negative way. The local newspaper was found to do the opposite, however. So while these newspapers might want to appear neutral, there is in fact ideology present in all of them, as they all chose to describe one party more favorably than the other.

  • 130.
    Eriksson, Erik
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    Goda tysken och fula amerikanen2007In: Vasabladet, ISSN 0356-1844Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 131.
    Eriksson, Erik
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    Günter Wallraff - alltid aktuell2011In: Dala-Demokraten, ISSN 1103-9183Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 132.
    Eriksson, Erik
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    Günter Wallraff: man får inte vara korkad om man ska spela dum2007In: Vertex - Studenttidning vid Umeå universitet, ISSN 0346-4164, no 6, p. 17-19Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 133.
    Eriksson, Erik
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    Günter Wallraff tillbaka igen2010In: Dala-Demokraten, ISSN 1103-9183Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 134.
    Eriksson, Erik
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    The Legendary Journalist Günter Wallraff: An Outsider Who Has Become an Insider in Mainstream German Media2012Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 135.
    Eriksson, Erik
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    "Wallraff was here": What is the narrative space for documentary literature?2009In: Codex and code Aesthetics, Language, and politics in an age of Digital Media(NORLIT), Stockholm, 2009Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 136.
    Eriksson, Erik
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    "Wallraffen" zur geschichte eines literarischen genres: im internationalen vergleich2006Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 137.
    Eriksson, Erik
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    Was können wir heute von Günter Wallraff lernen?2009In: Philologische : Ostsee-Studien / [ed] Mrozewska, Anna, Osieki, Polen, 2009, p. 363-374Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 138.
    Eriksson, Karolah
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    Literature as a Tool for Personal Development: what do Swedish Secondary School Pupils Learn from Reading Literature in English?2006Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years))Student thesis
  • 139.
    Eriksson, Marie
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    Textual Differences in Game Reviews Written by Men and Women2011Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this essay is to examine the differences in language use between the genders in game reviews, to find whether there are differences in the use of the language depending on gender. Both sexist language and technical aspects are examined, the technical aspects of writing have been chosen from previous research about gendered differences in writing. The reviews are randomly chosen but the games are selected. There is an equal amount of games with male and female main characters, and the number of reviews is chosen according to the number of reviews written by females, as there are fewer of them, and thus easier to find a matching number of reviews written by males rather than vice versa. The reviews are then examined to find sexist language and differences. This essay finds that there is sexist language in the writing of both genders, such as marked language, but only when the main character of the game is female. Both genders tend to focus on the appearance of female characters and the characteristics of male characters, but there is no known previous research about male and female game characters to compare these results to. However, the technical differences remain consistent with previous research on the same subject, such as female reviewers using more pronouns than male reviewers, and male reviewers using fewer verbs than female reviewers.

  • 140.
    Falk, Towe
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    Have You Met Miss Jones?: Identity Construction of a Chick Lit Heroine2009Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Take a random woman in her mid-twenties, with a crazy mother, a lousy job and no sex life, add some insecurity and a lot of alcohol and wrap her up in pink, and congratulations, you have just created your own chick lit heroine. The question is whether a chick lit heroine is this simplistic, or if she carries an important message to the readers. The most important traits in a chick lit novel are the complicated mother-daughter relationship, the career and the love life. Thus, this essay will outline to what extent the postfeminist features are depicted in the identity of Bridget Jones, as an epitome of later chick lit heroines.

  • 141.
    Farah, Amina
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
    Motivation in learning English as a foreign language: A study on motivation and classroom experience in adult students learning English2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This essay examines whether a group of adult students of upper secondary school level are instrumentally and/or integratively motivated to learn English as a foreign language. The study also examines if there are any similarities/differences between the students in the different motivation categories classroom experience. This essay is based on a quantitative questionnaire. The questionnaire was answered by adult students who were studying English 5 at upper secondary level in Sweden.

    The results show that some of the students were instrumentally motivated by factors such as their desire to enter university or get a good job. They were also motivated by the notion that the English language is useful when working abroad. Furthermore, some of the students were integratively motivated by factors such as their desire to develop their language skills so they would be able to use them abroad when travelling. Some of the students, however, were both instrumentally and integratively motivated and the key factors which motivated them were combinations of instrumental and integrative elements. The instrumentally and the integratively motivated students’ classroom experiences were overall positive where the teachers were described in a positive light. The students who were both instrumentally and integratively motivated, however, were less positive than the other students regarding their classroom experiences and their descriptions of their teachers.

  • 142.
    Fernelius, Julia
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
    Hysterics and Prophets:: Gender Fluidity and Sexual Transgression in Oscar Wilde´s Salomé 2016Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 143.
    Ferreira, Elisabete
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
    The expression of stance in English L1 and L2 student writing: A corpus-based study of adverbial stance marking2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The increasing interest in how stance is expressed specifically in academic writing in English

    has generated extensive research in the past decades. Focusing on the grammatical marking of

    stance, this comparative study investigates the use of stance adverbials by native (L1) and nonnative

    (L2) speakers of English in a corpus of student academic writing. The aim is to examine

    the most distinctive differences and similarities in the use of adverbial stance markers by each

    student group. The material comes from the British Academic Writing in English (BAWE)

    corpus, a collection of proficient writing by English L1 and L2 students from different firstlanguage

    backgrounds. Using quantitative methods and a semantically-based classification, the

    forms and types of stance adverbials most frequently used by the two student groups are

    identified and compared. The findings indicate that L1 students employ more adverbial stance

    markers overall, which contradicts results from previous research, but that both L1 and L2

    students make use predominantly of a limited number of stance adverbials. The analysis of the

    most frequently used adverbials indicates underuse (e.g.

    perhaps) and overuse (e.g. kind of,

    mainly

    ) of specific markers on the part of the L2 group. The results partially invalidate the

    hypothesis tested that L2 students both rely on a narrower range of stance adverbials and

    employ them more frequently than L1 students.

  • 144.
    Fogelberg, Rebecca
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
    The Representation of Women in Disgrace: The Exotic Other and the Countrywoman2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 145.
    Foster, Adelaide
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
    Personal Pronouns, Mirrors of Beliefs?: The Usage of Personal Pronouns in the Speech of a Religious Leader2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This essay analyses the speech of the Dalai Lama and suggests possible effects that core aspects of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, such as the theory of selflessness, might have when a believer uses the personal pronouns

    I, you, he, she, we and they. Collected utterances of the Dalai Lama during the Charlie Rose Show has been used in order to conduct a threefold investigation, using pragmatic, discourse analytical and sociolinguistic backgrounds, aiming to understand these effects more thoroughly. Qualitative and quantitative approaches were used for this report based on previous studies with a data-based method. These approaches enabled the researcher to find, for instance, a consistent use of the first-person personal pronoun by the Dalai Lama in the material. Other findings include an acknowledgment of philosophical influence concerning the field of intentionality, when related to religious discourse, as Buddhism establishes religious discourse as being based on the speaker’s motivation alone. The status of the Dalai Lama notwithstanding, his use of personal pronouns was also not found to match the findings of previous research on status and the use of self-mention.

  • 146.
    Fredriksson, Sophia
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    Abandon All Hope: An Analysis of American Psycho2011Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
  • 147.
    Fredriksson, Sophia
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
    Embracing the Abject: Relative Subjectivity in Necrophilia Variations2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 148.
    Ghadiri, Hamid Reza
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    Deconstructing Binaries in James Joyce’s "The Dead"2007Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years))Student thesis
  • 149.
    Gilsenan Nordin, Irene
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    A Review of Eilean Ni Chuilleanain's "The Girl Who Married the Reindeer"2003In: Nua: Studies in Contemporary irish Writing, ISSN 1096-6129, Vol. 4, no 1-2, p. 255-58Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 150.
    Gilsenan Nordin, Irene
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
    A Review of "Irish Catholicism Since 1950: The Undoing of a Culture" by Louise Fuller2006In: NIS: Nordic Irish Studies, ISSN 1602-124X, E-ISSN 2002-4517, no 5, p. 191-95Article in journal (Refereed)
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