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The Other Readers: Exploring the Depiction of the African Natives and Reader Identification in Tarzan of the Apes and The Return of Tarzan
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

The essay examines and explores the two stereotypical depictions of the Africannatives in Tarzan of the Apes and The Return of Tarzan: the black African savage and theblack African submissive. The reader identification available for readers who are not whitemales [other] is also explored, with main focus on the African American reader. The essaydraws on both African-American and Reader-Response criticism to examine and understandhow readers who are not white, Western men might identify with the text.The essay examines the two depictions of the natives, in particular how theirphysical attributes are treated as equivalent to their personas, which establishes the degree ofreader identification. The essay aims to prove that the identification provided for many nonwhitemale readers, particularly African Americans, is narrowed because of the stereotypicalrepresentation of the characters, as the natives are mainly described as a group rather thanindividuals whilst also being used as a contrast to flatter whiteness.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 35
Keywords [en]
African-American Criticism, Tarzan, Reader identification, Burroughs, appearance, violence, inferiority, superiority
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Humanities and the Arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-37289OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-37289DiVA, id: diva2:1223427
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Literature
Educational program
The Language Studies Programme - Processing and Editing Texts, 180 credits
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Available from: 2018-06-25 Created: 2018-06-25 Last updated: 2018-06-25Bibliographically approved

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