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Kvinnan och hjälten: En kvalitativ studie av kvinnans plats bland superhjältarna.
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The Woman and The Hero : A qualitative study of a women's place among superheroes. (English)
Abstract [en]

The Woman and The Hero is a study regarding women’s representation in superhero movies with a male main character. It is a qualitative study of two movies: Iron Man 3 and Thor: Dark World. These movies were chosen because they both came out during 2013, had male leading roles and were blockbuster hits. The main theories used in this study are film theory and gender theory. Among others, Judith Butlers theories about gender are represented in this study as well as Laura Mulveys The Male Gaze. The methods in this study are film analysis, analysis of the dialog and the informal Bechdeltest, which is a test that can help determine gender equality in cultural texts such as movies, books, plays and even comic books.

The analysis of the movies led to the conclusion that even though some women in these films where smart and could think for them self, the men always were the ones who actually did something and took action. If it was because the women wouldn’t, couldn’t or simply because the men wouldn’t let them is hard to say but the men in these movies are pure examples of the societies idea of the ideal man. If these movies present the social reality that we live in there is some work to be done to reach gender equality between the sexes. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 37 p.
Keyword [en]
Gender theory, Film theory, Bechdel test, Representation, Superheroes, Blockbuster, Film analysis
Keyword [sv]
Filmteori, Genusteori, Bechdeltestet, Representation, Superhjältar, Blockbuster, Filmanalys
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Media Studies Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-87706OAI: diva2:710538
Educational program
Programme in Media and Communication Studies: Strategic Communication
Available from: 2014-04-08 Created: 2014-04-07 Last updated: 2014-04-08Bibliographically approved

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