Presentation Title

Gender in Children's Novels

Presenter Information

Sonja AndersonFollow

Major

English

Anticipated Graduation Year

2021

Access Type

Open Access

Abstract

As I considered research topics, I was immediately drawn to children’s media and how it influences cultural and social development. To combine my literary skills and interest in social justice, I decided to analyze children’s literature with attention to identity expression, narrowing my project to an examination of gender roles, stereotypes, and performance. I focused on literary devices and used close reading to uncover themes and messages in best-selling books, both obvious and hidden. The project has culminated in an essay, raw and organized notes, a rubric, a gender-sensitive guide to some children’s novels, and an original children’s novel.

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Dr. Suzanne Bost, Professor, Affiliate in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies, Department of English

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Gender in Children's Novels

As I considered research topics, I was immediately drawn to children’s media and how it influences cultural and social development. To combine my literary skills and interest in social justice, I decided to analyze children’s literature with attention to identity expression, narrowing my project to an examination of gender roles, stereotypes, and performance. I focused on literary devices and used close reading to uncover themes and messages in best-selling books, both obvious and hidden. The project has culminated in an essay, raw and organized notes, a rubric, a gender-sensitive guide to some children’s novels, and an original children’s novel.