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ERIC Number: EJ830450
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
A Boy Who Would Rather Write Poetry than Throw Rocks at Cats Is Also Considered to Be Wanting in Masculinity: Poetry, Masculinity, and Baiting Boys
Greig, Christopher; Hughes, Janette
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v30 n1 p91-105 Mar 2009
This paper draws on research on masculinities to examine poetry as a socially and culturally gendered genre. Situated in the context of the current "crisis" around boys' underachievement in school, attention is drawn to the problematic understanding of poetry as an unsuitable genre for boys. Attention is further drawn to the way in which poetry, "when" offered up to boys, is often imbued with traditional and outdated definitions of masculinity. We illustrate the extent to which hegemonic versions of masculinity are implicated in discourses about poetry as an unsuitable genre for boys. This is accomplished by undertaking a critical analysis of various sources such as Odean's (1998) "Great Book for Boys," and Scieszka's (2005) "Guys Write for Guys Read," as well as Iggulden and Iggulden's (2006) "The Dangerous Book for Boys." Historical perspectives which highlight the role of sexologists in forging an association between poetry and effeminacy are also used to illuminate the legacy associated with the treatment of poetry somehow discordant with dominant understandings about boys' developing masculinity. In this way, we provide a richer understanding of poetry and its discursive relationship to masculinity. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Language: English
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