ERIC Number: ED435399
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Images of Women in High Fantasy for Children and Adults: A Comparative Analysis.
This paper presents a content analysis of 45 high fantasy novels randomly selected from the outstanding contemporary fantasy list in "Fantasy Literature for Children and Young Adults" (Ruth Nadelman Lynn), which divides high fantasy into three subgenres--travel to other worlds, alternate world/history, and myth. A comparison is made between male and female characters in each subgenre. Characteristics examined include personal traits and occupations and the roles played by female characters. Male characters were most often noted as having occupations. When occupations were specified for women, they were almost always positions that had inherently less political and/or magical power than men, regardless of subgenre. Women acting independently were found most often in alternate world/history fantasy, while the majority of females in both of the other two subgenres are defined by their relationship to male characters. A copy of the evaluation form and an annotated bibliography of the books analyzed are appended. (Contains 10 references.) (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Research Paper, Kent State University.