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