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ERIC Number: EJ1068167
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1559-9035
Grass Houses: Representations and Reinventions of Social Class through Children's Literature
Jones, Stephanie
Journal of Language and Literacy Education, v4 n2 p40-58 Fall 2008
Grounded in feminist notions of valuing lived experiences and constructing knowledge about the wider world from material realities, this article uses autobiographical narratives and poststructural and critical theories to argue for change in children's literature. The author presents two simultaneous streams of shifting, representations and reinventions, to explore possibilities of including more varied and contradictory ways of living class-specific lives and assertively positioning readers to question the invisibility of working-class and poor lives in mainstream children's literature. A metaphor of malleable "grass houses" is used to imagine broadened and more flexible ways of thinking and talking about social class through children's picture books.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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