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LINGUIST List 23.3306

Fri Aug 03 2012

Books: Language, Gender and Children's Fiction: Sunderland

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 31-Jul-2012
From: Ellena Moriarty <Ellena.Moriartybloomsbury.com>
Subject: Language, Gender and Children's Fiction: Sunderland
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Title: Language, Gender and Children's Fiction
Published: 2012
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd
                http://www.continuumbooks.com

Book URL: http://www.continuumbooks.com/books/detail.aspx?BookId=169565&SearchType=Basic

Author: Jane Sunderland
Paperback: ISBN: 1441138188 9781441138187 Pages: 272 Price: U.K. £ 27.99
Abstract:

Joint first place, International Gender and Language Association (IGALA) Book Award, 2012

This is an original, scholarly yet accessible contribution to the field of children's fiction. It focuses on gender in relation to children's fiction and the role that language plays in this relationship. Girl's and boy's reading itself is looked at, as well as the books that they encounter - including the Harry Potter series, Louis Sachar's prizewinning Holes, fairy tales and school reading schemes.

The book treats fiction as fiction, using as its guiding principles the multimodality of much children's fiction; that fiction is almost always dialogic; that the feminist movement has had considerable influence on textual representations of women, men, boys and girls and that language (including what the characters say, and how, and what is said about them) is a key to the different readings of fictional texts.

Contents: 1. Introduction \ 2. Language and gender: issues and applications \ 3. Linguistic analysis: studies of language and gender in fiction'\ 4. Happily ever after?: fairytale protagonists and feminist fairytales \ 5. Content analyses and non-sexist guidelines: the early days \ 6. Fifty years of reading schemes \ 7. Two-mum and two-dad picture books \ 8. 'Achronological intertextuality' and Louis Sachar's Holes \ 9. Harry, Hermione and gender relations at Hogwarts \ 10. Conclusion and suggestions for further research \ Bibliography \ Index

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Ling & Literature
                            Stylistics
                            Syntax

Written In: English (eng)

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