Innocence, Heterosexuality, and the Queerness of Children''s Literature.
By: Pugh, Tison.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Children''s Literature and Culture: Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2010Edition: 1.Description: 1 online resource (223 p.).ISBN: 9780203831410.Subject(s): Children''s stories, American - History and criticism | Children''s stories, American --History and criticism | Children''s stories, English - History and criticism | Children''s stories, English --History and criticism | Heterosexism in literature | Heterosexism in literature | Sex in literature | Sex in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Innocence, Heterosexuality, and the Queerness of Children''s LiteratureDDC classification: 823.0099282 LOC classification: PR830.S49 | P844 2010Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Book Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Series Editor's Foreword; Notes on the Text; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Innocence, Heterosexuality, and the Queerness of Children's Litereature; Chapter One: "There lived in the Land of Oz two queerly made men": Queer Utopianism and Antisocial Eroticism in L. Frank Baum's Oz Books; Chapter Two: Eternal Childhood, Taming Tomboyism, and Equine Erotic Triangles in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House Series; Chapter Three: Erotic Heroism, Redemptive Teen Sexuality, and the Queer Republic of Heaven in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials
Chapter Four: Dumbledore's Queer Ghost: Homosexuality and Its Heterosexual Afterlives in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter NovelsChapter Five: "What, Then, Does Beatrice Mean?": Hermaphroditic Gender, Predatory Heterosexuality, and Promiscuous Allusions in Daniel Handler / Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events; Chapter Six: Excremental Eroticism, Carnivalesque Desires, and Gross Adolescence in Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl; Chapter Seven: Masochistic Abstinence, Bug Chasing, and the Erotic Death Drive in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Series
Conclusion Homosexuality and the End of Innocence in David Levithan's Boy Meets BoyNotes; Bibliography; Index
Innocence, Heterosexuality, and the Queerness of Children's Literature examines distinguished classics of children's literature both old and new-including L. Frank Baum's Oz books, Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series, J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series-to explore the queer tensions between innocence and heterosexuality within their pages. Pugh argues that children cannot retain their innocence of sexuality while learning about normative heterosexuality, yet this inherent paradox runs throughout many classic narratives of literature for young readers. Children's literature typically endorses heterosexuality through its invisible presence as the de facto sexual identity of countless protagonists and their families, yet heterosexuality's ubiquity is counterbalanced by its occlusion when authors shield their readers from forthright considerations of one of humanity's most basic and primal instincts. The book demonstrates that tensions between innocence and sexuality render much of children's literature queer, especially when these texts disavow sexuality through celebrations of innocence. In this original study, Pugh develops interpretations of sexuality that few critics have yet ventured, paving the way for future scholarly engagement with larger questions about the ideological role of children''s literature and representations of children''s sexuality.Tison Pugh is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Central Florida. He is the author of Queering Medieval Genres and Sexuality and Its Queer Discontents in Middle English Literature and has published on children's literature in such journals as Children's Literature, The Lion and the Unicorn, and Marvels and Tales.
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