The "New" Woman Image in Children's Literature: Gender Swapping Doesn't Mean Gender Equality

Yu-Chi Liu

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Abstract

To create a "new" image for women in children's literature has long been one of the targets for writers who devoted themselves to writing for children. In this paper, by exploring the ideology hidden in the texts, I look at three children's texts, English picture books Piggybook and Princess Smartypants, and one Taiwanese young adult fiction, Hua Mulan, and see if the "new" images of women in these texts overturned the stereotype of women and provided with a model of gender for children.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-39
Number of pages7
JournalForum in Women's and Gender Studies
Issue number86
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • children's literature
  • gender issue
  • Piggybook
  • Princess Smartypants
  • Hua Mulan
  • ideology
  • gender-swapping

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