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Det förlorade paradiset vs. paradiset återfått: en studie om barndom på tre noveller av Willa Cather
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Literature is a source that enriches students’ language ability on every level and short stories are a form that is suitable for adolescent students. To young people, memories from childhood are still close and vivid. To most these memories are mixed; among games and adventures there are both happiness and disappointments, both childhood friendships and betrayals. It is a topic everyone can talk about and many discussions can be developed from it. In addition, the short story is a genre that can be easily applied to the classroom because of its length. There is no great risk that the students will not remember the content of the story after reading. For students that are not pursuing further academic life, or low-performing students, short stories are definitely a better choice than novels. This essay sets out to compare three of Willa Cather’s short stories: “The Way of the World”, “The Enchanted Bluff” and “The Treasure of Far Island”. All three stories show us a childhood world as experienced by a group of children centered round a leader. These childhood worlds are portrayed from an adult perspective, with much beauty and nostalgia, giving a sense of the innocence, excitement and magic of a childhood paradise. The essay argues that it is through the power of children’s imagination that their paradise is created and that sooner or later paradise is lost. However, in the last of the three stories, the childhood paradise is regained in adulthood through the artistic imagination.

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2013. , 34 p.
Keyword [en]
childhood, imagination, leader, paradise, Willa Cather
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-97304ISRN: LIU-LÄR-EN-A--13/003--SEOAI: diva2:646281
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Graduation Thesis in the Teacher Programme, Linköping
2013-06-03, Linköping, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2013-09-09 Created: 2013-09-07 Last updated: 2013-09-10Bibliographically approved

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