CHOICES IN THE WILDERNESS: THE EFFECT OF GENDER ON ROBINSONADES
The purpose of this content analysis was to determine if the plot divisions of wilderness survival novels, or Robinsonades, written for young adults differ between the novels with male protagonists and those with female protagonists. Twelve novels were chosen, six with female protagonists and six with male protagonists. The novels were each broken into their plot divisions and were examined to determine how gender played a part in how the plot was developed. It was found that the gender of the protagonist does affect all of the plot divisions. Within the plot divisions the boys are generally more independent and aggressive than the girls, while the girls are generally shown as being maternal, in need of companionship, and dependent on their cultural background. However many of the female protagonists also show traits that are stereotypically associated with the male gender.
School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:content analysis – young adult literature adolescence in girls boys sex role
Date of Publication:04/10/2006