ERIC Number: EJ815289
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
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The Trouble with "Rainbow Boys"
Children's Literature in Education, v39 n4 p237-261 Dec 2008
Few pieces of GLBTQ fiction have received the popular and scholarly acclaim awarded to Alex Sanchez's "Rainbow Boys" series. Although "problem novels" are rarely taken seriously as literature, the books--the first novel in particular--have joined the few pieces of GLBTQ literature incorporated into educational discourse and curriculum. In this article, the author suggests that although the positive nature and surface construction appeals to those seeking "affirmative" representations of GLBTQ youth, the contributions made by the series may be overshadowed by its reliance on heteronormative gender stereotypes that may actually work to perpetuate homophobic attitudes toward gay sexuality.
Descriptors: Sex Stereotypes, Homosexuality, Novels, Males, Educational Environment, Curriculum, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Literary Criticism, Sexual Identity, Bias
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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