Portland State University. Department of Speech Communication.
L. David Ritchie
Date of Publication
Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech Communication
Children's literature, Mothers in literature, Children's literature -- Film adaptations
1 online resource (65 p.)
The purpose of this research was two-fold. First, this thesis sought to uncover the implicit concepts associated with mothers in children's stories. Second, this thesis attempted to chart changes in portrayals of mother when translated from print to a visual medium. This research maintains that the concepts of mother in children's stories contain cultural ideals that are related to society's evolving perceptions of mother. Eighteen mother/surrogate mother portrayals were analyzed in 15 novels and 15 videotapes. Each portrayal was coded according to marital status, range of behaviors, 41 individual behaviors within five categories, and the amount of storytime. The results of this thesis reveal that the two most frequent behaviors associated with the role of mother in both media and print are authority and nurturance. The research also found that mother portrayals, when translated to film and television, displayed less dominant and less supportive behaviors than in print versions. Of the 41 individual behaviors coded in both novels and videotapes mothers in films and television were found to display less ability and more affection than their print versions. In conclusion, this study found that mother portrayals, when translated to film and television, may be altered to increase their mass audience appeal.
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Tanski, Karen Martin, "The Concepts of Mother in Children's Stories in Translation from Print to Visual Media: A Content Analysis" (1994). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4783.