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Childrens Literature

By Jane Sunderland

This is an unique, scholarly but obtainable contribution to the sphere of kid's fiction. It specializes in gender relating to kid's fiction and the position that language performs during this dating. women' and boys' analyzing itself is checked out, in addition to the books that they come across - together with the Harry Potter sequence, Louis Sachar's prizewinning Holes, fairy stories and college analyzing schemes.

The ebook treats fiction as fiction, utilizing as its guiding ideas the multimodality of a lot kid's fiction; that fiction is sort of continually dialogic; that the feminist flow has had massive impression on textual representations of girls, males, girls and boys and that language (including what the characters say, and the way, and what's acknowledged approximately them) is a key to different readings of fictional texts.

This can be a important source for researchers in and scholars of linguistics, language experiences and English literature.

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7), and this makes them an interesting object of study. Nevertheless, of the Caldecotts they looked at (18 from 1967–1971, winners and runners-up), they found that (predictably), female characters were grossly underrepresented (in different ways), including in visuals and titles, and were usually ‘insignificant or inconspicuous’ (1976: 10). This is important: we are not just talking about visibility of female characters, or social and occupational roles, but also about prominence and status of those roles.

In the four books which showed women without aprons, the leading characters included a teaching sister whose habit had a long white frontispiece, a queen who was knitting, an Indian squaw who was stirring a pot of food, and a mother who was taking her children on an outing. (p. 918–19; for more on aprons, see Jackson and Gee, 2005) Pace Nilsen went on to analyse 80 picture books: Caldecott Medal Award winners2 from the previous 20 years. She found that: z z z all books included at least one male; in 6 there were no females 24 books had boys and only 10 had girls as leading characters there were 579 pictured males and 386 females.

There are (obviously) differences among women and among men; we can argue that these ‘intragroup’ differences are greater than ‘inter-group’ differences (between women and men). In other words, despite a popular what we might call ‘vive la différence’ discourse (see Sunderland, 2004), as well as the perennial efforts of the media to exaggerate apparent ‘differences’ between women and men (something I explore in Chapter 9), women and men remain broadly more similar than they are different. ) So similarities can and should be explored, as well as differences.

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