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ERIC Number: EJ951035
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
Issues of Exceptionality, Gender, and Power: Exploring Canadian Children's Award-Winning Literature
Taber, Nancy; Woloshyn, Vera
Gender and Education, v23 n7 p889-902 2011
This article explores the gendered ways in which issues of ability and exceptionality are presented in Governor-General award-winning Canadian children's literature. In much of contemporary feminist thought, there is a strong focus on intersecting oppressions with gender as a central analytic lens. However, ability is still largely absent. Our aim is to bring ability to the forefront in an analysis of gendered representations in children's literature. We therefore discuss gender, inclusion, and children's fiction; detail our use of feminist discourse analysis; and present findings from our literature analysis, making connections to societal discourses of inclusion and gender. We conclude that educators must assist students in becoming aware of gendered and abled discourses, discussing their meanings, and deconstructing their hegemonic ideals. Without such critical discussions, the marginalisation of girls and individuals with exceptionalities will continue to be pervasive in children's literature and, by extension, society. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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