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ERIC Number: ED470819
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-2
Pages: 21
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Meet Jessica and Elizabeth from Sweet Valley: Who Are the Female Role Models in Popular Romance Novels for Children?
Roberts, Sherron Killingsworth
Jessica and Elizabeth are two female characters, twins, featured throughout Francine Pascal's Sweet Valley series, the Bantam Publishers popular series for girls from elementary school through junior high, high school, university, and well into adulthood. This paper notes that these books are a part of the same formula that are used for romance novels written for adults (Harvey, 1981; Lane, 1981; Watson, 1981), and as part of a content analysis of approximately 22 fictional romance chapter books written for elementary students, the paper seeks to examine the commonalities and differences among female characters as role models for young girls within a context of Jungian and feminist theory. Discussion related to protagonists' growth, internal versus external locus of control exhibited by the protagonist, strong gender lines, role models of stereotypic "girl-ish" and negative behavior, and the promotion of faux-maturity themes are examined in this paper. Appendixes include a table of results of female protagonists in 22 Sweet Valley Kids novels according to internal or external locus of control, and examples of unchecked negative behavior derived from field notes from the Sweet Valley Kids series. (Contains 30 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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