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ERIC Number: EJ1069781
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0045-6713
Scripting History: The Genre of Desegregation Stories
Lesley, Naomi
Children's Literature in Education, v46 n3 p325-341 Sep 2015
This article argues that desegregation stories form a subset of the school story genre. In drawing upon school story traditions, desegregation stories offer some unexpected and politically contentious solutions to the problems of segregated schooling, including queer friendships and critiques of classroom pedagogy. Nevertheless, the resolution of the school story requires that the protagonist be absorbed into an authorized institution and thus that she must relinquish some of the unconventional intellectual pursuits and friendships she has been pursuing. Thus, the desegregation story first opens up a variety of possibilities for critiquing the supposedly "superior" white-dominated school, and then often tames these possibilities through its generic format. The article draws upon three girls' desegregation stories as exemplars of how this sub-genre comments upon the traditions of the school story novel.
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Language: English
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