Summary, in English
The aim of this study was to investigate how the two autobiographical comics Festens charmigaste tjej (2018) and Var ska jag lägga mitt huvud? (2015) were experienced and interpreted by high school students, as well as which norms they discovered, and how they reacted to them. We gathered data through action research that involved three lessons and three group interviews. The material was analyzed through the use of El Refaie’s and Ernst’s narrative strategies, along with Tengberg’s ways of separating different forms of reading. The study showed that pupils viewed autobiographical comics as an attractive medium because of its autobiographical form, and the relationship between words and images. Furthermore, the study showed that norms related to gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity, nationality, and more specifically, twosomeness, body, alienation, culture, identity, and appearance became explicit through narrative strategies that are influenced by specific key conventions. The causes and consequences of the norms could therefore be discussed and questioned by pupils. It was also determined that the depicted self had an impact on the pupils, as they identified with the characters and understood their situations and feelings. Through this, the pupils developed more self awareness and a deeper understanding of other people’s experiences.