Beatrix Potters kaniner
: verklighet och fantasi

Translated title of the thesis: Beatrix Potter´s rabbits: facts and fiction
  • Madeleine Jehpsson

    Student thesis: Master, one year


    This master thesis deals with questions concerning facts and fiction in the world of Beatrix Potter's rabbits. The purpose is first and foremost to find the connections between the pet rabbits, that she used as art models, and the rabbits that came to life through her "tales".

    The method has been to gather facts through biographic reading, and to analyse Beatrix Potter's rabbit tales, using tools developed by Swedish picture book experts. The rabbit characters are thoroughly examined and so are the settings where the tales take place. Matters concerning Beatrix Potter's painting technique and illustration style as well as her literary and pictorial inspirations are dealt with.

    Conclusions are, that the fictive rabbit characters have indeed a lot to do with the fact that Beatrix Potter was interested in natural history and studied animal behaviour and anatomy in detail. For a long time rabbits, both wild and domesticated, were her favourite study objects which provided conditions for her rabbit fantasies. Sprung from her first infant picture book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, there are many "side shows" associated with her name. Peter Rabbit is now immortal but in the hands of others than his creator.

    Date of Award2011-Mar-30
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorWiveca Friman (Supervisor)

    University credits

    • 22,5 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • General Literary studies (60203)


    • beatrix potter
    • kaniner
    • kvinnliga barnboksförfattare
    • bilderboksanalys

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