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ERIC Number: ED380348
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 19
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Exploring Female Representation in Current Adolescent Literature.
Smith, J. Lea; Rhodes, John W.
This descriptive study analyzed the portrayal of females as protagonists in adolescent literature published 1989-1993. A review of literature showed that 85 percent of main characters in stories for young children were male and that sexism still existed in books for young people. For this study the literature survey instrument used in the initial 25 texts is presented, as well as discussion on qualitative sampling. Sixty volunteer graduate student/teachers collected data; 5 were male and 55 female. Some reported difficulty in making judgments on the personality characteristics of the female protagonists. The findings conclude 35-50% of the literature involved female protagonists and both male and female support characters typified the common stereotypes. Female protagonists, though not infrequently appearing in literature, were rarely portrayed beyond their stereotypic, traditional roles. (EH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).