An exploration of gender stereotypes in children’s fiction (ages 9-13) and how these stereotypes can shape identity

Clack, Olivia (2013) An exploration of gender stereotypes in children’s fiction (ages 9-13) and how these stereotypes can shape identity. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation aims to find out how gender stereotypes in children’s fiction may affect the identity of a child reader. It also discusses the success of my own piece of creative writing, J, as a story which aims to avoid gender stereotypes. By engaging with several examples of popular children’s fiction, I have found that stereotypes based on traditional gender roles are still common in many examples of children’s fiction. However, examples with less traditional stereotypes are becoming much more prevalent in the market. After interrogating the examples of fiction the essay moves on to explore theories based upon how gender identity is formed so that a conclusion may be made on whether children’s fiction does or does not shape identity.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2014 11:36
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:33
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/14252

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