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Vem bär kostym? : en studie i litteraturdidaktik och normkritisk pedagogik


  • Anna Lindh

Summary, in English

The purpose of this essay is to investigate how teachers can provide a norm-critical literature education in upper secondary school. Four teachers using the short story “Kostym” by Ninni Holmqvist were interviewed to evaluate how they incorporate the Swedish school’s fundamental values in their teachings of literature. A theoretical basis of literature education, norm-critical pedagogic and queer theory are used with a qualitative method to analyse the interviews and the short story. The results show that teachers let their students reflect, discuss and write about the short story in their teaching. They indicate sex, gender and sexuality norms through literature analysis and by discussing the content of the short story. The students reflect on what aspects of the short story can be regarded as typically womanly or manly. The finding is that a norm-critical literature education can develop the student’s knowledge about literature and the fundamental values. It is also a way to present thoughts on sex, gender and sexuality that the students can relate to, as well as giving them new perspectives on social norms. It is important to showcase what fundamental values the teaching is touching on, and how related norms are present in the text and in the student’s society. As a teacher, the goal should be to push the discussions towards the norms in general and avoid focusing on individuals or groups outside of the norm. By giving the students a metalanguage for talking about literature, norms and fundamental values, they are equipped to handle further education as well as living in a democratic society, which fulfils the school’s mission of teaching knowledge and democratic values.

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Document type

Student publication for Master's degree (two years)


  • Languages and Literatures


  • litteraturdidaktik
  • normkritisk pedagogik
  • queerteori
  • "Kostym”
  • värdegrund


  • Bibi Jonsson (Professor)