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ERIC Number: EJ936152
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0045-6713
"Is This a Boy or a Girl?": Rethinking Sex-Role Representation in Caldecott Medal-Winning Picturebooks, 1938-2011
Crisp, Thomas; Hiller, Brittany
Children's Literature in Education, v42 n3 p196-212 Sep 2011
A number of previous studies have addressed gender role-stereotyping in Caldecott Award-winning picturebooks. Building upon the extensive scholarship examining representations of females in Caldecott books, this current study offers a critical investigation of how gender is represented in Caldecott Medal-winning literature from 1938 to 2011 by exploring the ways in which "femininity" and "masculinity," biological sex, and gender are constructed in these texts. The investigators briefly address author and illustrator gender and the representations of males and females as characters or images in pictures and text before departing from previous scholarship to offer a rereading of books that feature "ungendered" leading characters, those that are not identified in the text as being either "male" or "female" and are therefore open to the interpretation of individual readers. By resisting cultural cues and normative constructions of gender and biological sex, these ungendered depictions extend the range of possible ways in which readers may see themselves or those in their lives represented in Caldecott Medal-winning picturebooks.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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