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Heinecken, Dawn – Children's Literature in Education, 2019
Though critics have debated the gendered ideologies at work in the ballet book genre, discussion so far has overlooked how race shapes the meanings of such stories and the ways that stereotypes about black females have caused them to be excluded from representation in both the world of classical dance and ballet stories. This essay provides a…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Gender Differences, Ideology, Literary Genres
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Heinecken, Dawn – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
Advice books by female athletes are among the top selling sports books for young readers in the US. Though they have received little attention to date, sports advice books are important to examine because of how they function as a form of conduct manual instructing girls in specific understandings of female identity. Implying that girls face…
Descriptors: Empowerment, Team Sports, Females, Self Concept
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Heinecken, Dawn – Children's Literature in Education, 2013
This essay follows the insights of reader response theory to examine how readers of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Alice McKinley series negotiate textual meaning and construct particular identities in relation to the series' controversial content. Ranking second on the American Library Association's top one hundred list of banned and challenged books…
Descriptors: Novels, Fiction, Reader Response, Females
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Heinecken, Dawn – Children's Literature in Education, 2011
While developing scholarship around children's horror fiction has focused on the works of contemporary writers, this essay provides a close reading of the novels of John Bellairs, a leading and early practitioner of the genre. It argues that the first three novels in his Lewis Barnevelt series may be understood as addressing some of the same…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Literary Genres, Fear, Death
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Heinecken, Dawn – Children's Literature in Education, 2010
This essay examines Eleanor Estes's critically neglected 1960 novel "The Witch Family", arguing that the novel anticipates some of the major preoccupations of later children's literature in its early concern with issues of textuality. While Estes is largely known as a writer of simple family stories, "The Witch Family" is an innovative work of…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Postmodernism, Language Role, Ethics