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ERIC Number: EJ798835
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0045-6713
Who Wears the Pants? The (Multi)cultural Politics of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
McInally, Kate
Children's Literature in Education, v39 n3 p187-200 Sep 2008
Novels that prioritise the connectedness and strength of girls' friendships without employing the pervasive trope of "mean girls"--those who typically divide in order to conquer other girls--are potentially empowering in their refusal to perpetuate limited and binary accounts of adolescent femininity. While Ann Brashares' cult novel (now film), "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" (2005a; originally 2002) appears to be representative of this textual shift, underpinning the overt call to value girls' relationships is a deeply conservative, assimilationist narrative that relies on an acceptance of traditional patriarchal values. This article analyses the ways in which the novel appropriates "multicultural difference" to valorise, sustain and naturalise the central position and authority of patriarchy in the lives of young girls, regardless of their cultural heritage.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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