- ItemOpen AccessFlexin' the linguistic dimension of the singer Rels B: Languaging and intertextuality(2023-06) Barrufet Bravo, HelenaCode mixing in the lyrics of songs has become an undeniable reality, the mixture of musical genres and the difficult categorization of multiple songs have been embraced under the label of ‘urban music’. Music contributes to the construction of our identities and includes or excludes us from certain groups. The constant exposition of determined songs in an era defined by content on demand can mold our linguistic repertoire. Likewise, our linguistic features can be added to the singers’ discourse to create a connection singer-audience. This final thesis studies the linguistic dimension of the singer Rels B by analyzing 53 songs released between 2015 and 2023. The research will focus on the most salient topics that include language mixture, whether there has been an evolution of the terms that tackle those topics and the reasons and implications behind the mixture of Peninsular Spanish, English and Latin American Spanish at a societal level. In addition, this research will link this artist to the social group most exposed to this musical genre (Generation Z) and the relation between the singer and the audience through intertextuality.
- ItemOpen AccessThe beast in the night: Sapphic vampires in “Christabel”, Carmilla, and The Gilda Stories(2023-06) Díaz García, PaulaThe vampire is one of the most popular supernatural beings found in literature, and perfectly showcases what society fears and desires the most. In this dissertation, the evolution of the vampire myth is tracked to study how the vampire has come to represent the sapphic. She stems from representations that demonize her, first in order to explain crib death and later to repress female sexuality. This research has shown, however, that the sapphic vampire has been recently used to deconstruct patriarchal patterns of oppression. In order to explain how this has taken place, and establish where it all begins, three literary texts have been analyzed. The first is Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “Christabel” (1797), followed by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla (1872), and finishing with Jewelle Gomez’s The Gilda Stories (1991). These works have been used as representative texts to track the evolution of the sapphic vampire in a period of almost two centuries.
- ItemOpen AccessThe kaleidoscopic nature of women oppressed by patriarchy: A comparative analysis of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women (1868) and A. M Barnard’s Behind a Mask (1866)(2023-06) Domingo Cortiella, AbrilLouisa May Alcott is one of the most renowned female authors in American literature, as her novel Little Women (1868) was a huge success during her time and continues to be in the present times. On a second level, Alcott also wrote lurid stories on passion and revenge such as Behind a Mask (1866), featuring a totally disruptive governess. Even though she is considered a feminist writer by many, her work was inevitably influenced by the social constructs of the 19th century, which limited women to the private spheres. The fact that her popularity is still appreciably high, implies a perpetuation of such patriarchal assumptions. Therefore, the aim of this dissertation is to elaborate a comparative analysis of the aforementioned novels focusing on the female archetypes they present in order to unveil the social constraints enforced on women. Not only that, but also to raise awareness on the need of recognising and questioning literary archetypes in order to promote a more inclusive, diverse and reflective portrayal of human experiences.
- ItemOpen AccessHow Dreary to Be Somebody: The Afterlife of Emily Dickinson in the Biopic and Biographical Drama(2023-06) Fondevilla Domènech, Maria CecíliaThroughout history, human beings have held a desire to be remembered, as well as to commemorate those who passed. Biographies have served as a means to fulfil this, trying to establish some sense of order upon the experiences of notable historical figures. The emergence of cinema and television, accompanied by the biography’s subgenres of biopics and biographical television dramas, has provided content creators the ideal medium to challenge the prejudices integrated within past narratives, while also making visible the presence of marginalized groups, such as the LGBTIQ+ community. Therefore, this research aims to investigate whether the advances of feminism have been a trigger for the emergence of female and sapphic biographical dramas. Furthermore, I will also examine the relationship between fiction and reality within a biographical dramatic narrative as an essential element for achieving visibility. In order to accomplish these objectives, this dissertation focuses on the analysis and comparison of three distinct biographical audio-visual representations of the American poet Emily Dickinson: Dickinson (Apple TV+, 2019-2021), Wild Nights with Emily (Olnek, 2018) and A Quiet Passion (Davies, 2016). Through these audio-visual works, I will analyse the usage of dramatic elements utilized in the development of a coherent life story, while also investigating the outcome of the narrative itself in regard to the components introduced through the artistic license, exploring their potential impact on the audience.
- ItemOpen AccessParents’ attitudes towards native and non-native speakers as potential teachers of their children(2023-06) Marro García , PaulaThe native speaker idealisation is an ingrained fallacy in the ELT profession which contributes to the undervaluation of NNESTs. Several studies have focused on the attitudes of students, stakeholders and teachers themselves, but the parents’ perspective has been ignored in previous research. The aim of this paper is to analyse parents’ attitudes and preferences towards native and non-native speakers as potential teachers of their children. To achieve such aim, a set of semi-structured interviews have been conducted with six different parents of school children. The results show that parents lean towards native teachers in schools as they believe they might help them perfect their language. As for their alleged main advantages, NESTs are valued for their natural learning of the language and the teaching of culture, whereas NNESTs are favoured for the use of L1 and proximity. Apart from that, although children would prefer NNESTs, parents opt for NESTs in high-level courses and for NNESTs in lower levels. Overall, parents appear to perpetuate discrimination against NNESTs.