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Girls, boys, books, toys : gender in children's literature and culture

Author: Beverly Lyon Clark; Margaret R Higonnet
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Girls, Boys, Books, Toys asks questions about how the gender symbolism of children's culture is constructed and resisted. What happens when women rewrite (or illustrate) nursery rhymes, adventure stories, and fairy tales told by men? How do the socially scripted plots for boys and girls change through time and across cultures? Have critics been blind to what women write about "masculine" topics? Can animal tales or  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Girls, boys, books, toys.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999
(OCoLC)647281484
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Beverly Lyon Clark; Margaret R Higonnet
ISBN: 0801860539 9780801860539 0801865263 9780801865268
OCLC Number: 40940166
Description: 296 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Repudiating "Sleeping Beauty" / U.C. Knoepflmacher --
Child's play as woman's peace work : Maria Edgeworth's "The Cherry Orchard", historical rebellion narratives, and contemporary cultural studies / Mitzi Myers --
"These two irreconcilable things--
art and young girls" : the case of the girls' school story / Mavis Reimer --
Romancing the home : gender, empire, and the South Pacific / Claudia Marquis --
Liberal bias in feminist social science research on children's books / Roger Clark, Heidi Kulkin, and Liam Clancy --
Coming "to sing their being" : the poetry of Grace Nichols / Lissa Paul --
Fictions of difference : contemporary Indian stories for children / Rajeswari Sunder Rajan --
Making the front page : views of women/women's views in the picture book / William Moebius --
Discourses of femininity and the intertextual construction of feminist reading positions / John Stephens and Robyn McCallum --
Taking over the doll house : domestic desire and nostalgia in toy narratives / Lois R. Kuznets --
Comforts no more : the underside of quilts in children's literature / Cheryl B. Torsney --
Bad hair day for G.I. Joe / Karen Klugman --
Imagining dinosaurs / Susan Willis --
Grrrls and dolls : feminism and female youth culture / Lynne Vallone --
Arab girl draws trouble / Allen Douglas and Fedwa Malti-Douglas --
Just a spoonful of sugar? Anxieties of gender and class in "Mary Poppins" / Lori Kenschaft.
Responsibility: edited by Beverly Lyon Clark and Margaret R. Higonnet.
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"Girls, Boys, Books, Toys asks questions about how the gender symbolism of children's culture is constructed and resisted. What happens when women rewrite (or illustrate) nursery rhymes, adventure stories, and fairy tales told by men? How do the socially scripted plots for boys and girls change through time and across cultures? Have critics been blind to what women write about "masculine" topics? Can animal tales or doll stories displace tired commonplaces about gender, race, and class? Can different critical approaches - new historicism, narratology, or postcolonialism - enable us to gain leverage on the different implications of gender, age, race, and class in our readings of children's books and children's culture?"--Jacket.

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Clark describes the book as a 'sampler' of the many cloths of feminist writing. It is theoretically sophisticated and engaging on many levels. -- Kenneth Kidd Michigan Quarterly Review

 
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