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ERIC Number: ED340365
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Pages: 80
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The Librarian's Stereotyped Image in Mystery Novels, 1980-1990: Has the Image Changed?
Barnhart, Linda A.
This research paper examines the portrayal of 35 librarians depicted in 24 adult mystery novels copyrighted between 1980 and 1990. Its main objective is to gauge how closely the portrayals of the librarians resemble or differ from the stereotype denounced in professional writings. In general, the librarians in these stories are fairly young and attractive; they dress nicely and no longer wear glasses. In contrast to the stereotyped image, these people are friendly, seem relaxed with the opposite sex, and are not controlled by a puritanical set of values. Many lack the eccentric bent which characterized their old-fashioned colleagues. They also seem to have less refinement. As professionals, these librarians hold interesting and responsible positions; but, they are not overly dedicated to their careers. Surprisingly, almost half of the librarians in these novels are men; several of them, however, still possess the effeminate traits associated with the male librarian's stereotyped portrayal. (Lists of the 24 mystery novels, 57 endnotes, 27 works cited, and 18 sources consulted are included.) (Author/MAB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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