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ERIC Number: ED401924
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Pages: 49
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The Librarian's Stereotyped Image in Romance Novels, 1980-1995: Has the Image Changed?
Elliott, Margaret A.
This paper examined the portrayal of 28 librarians depicted in 25 romance novels published between 1980 and 1995. The purpose of the study was to measure how that portrayal compared to the stereotypical image so often criticized in the professional literature. Furthermore, the results of the study were compared with the results of a master's research paper (Barnhart, 1991) which examined the image of librarians as portrayed in mystery novels. The romance novel librarians were presented as youthful, attractive, and well-dressed; their values were not those of the stereotypical puritanical librarian, and they were comfortable with members of the opposite sex. The mystery novel librarians possessed the same positive attributes which were contrary to the stereotypical image. The two groups differed with respect to gender, race, and refinement. The romance novel librarians were overwhelmingly female, very refined, and white. The mystery novel librarians were more mixed with regard to race and gender and they were less refined. Librarians in both studies were presented as helpful, friendly, and attractive professionals. Appendices include the librarian profile coding sheet; librarians who differed from the stereotyped image; comparison between the mystery novel findings and the findings of the present study; and a reading list. (Contains 27 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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