Innocence, Heterosexuality, and the Queerness of Children's Literature

Innocence, Heterosexuality, and the Queerness of Children's Literature

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Innocence, Heterosexuality, and the Queerness of Childrena€™s Literature examines distinguished classics of childrena€™s literature both old and newa€”including L. Frank Bauma€™s Oz books, Laura Ingalls Wildera€™s Little House series, J. K. Rowlinga€™s Harry Potter novels, Lemony Snicketa€™s A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Stephenie Meyera€™s Twilight seriesa€”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. Childrena€™s literature typically endorses heterosexuality through its invisible presence as the de facto sexual identity of countless protagonists and their families, yet heterosexualitya€™s ubiquity is counterbalanced by its occlusion when authors shield their readers from forthright considerations of one of humanitya€™s most basic and primal instincts. The book demonstrates that tensions between innocence and sexuality render much of childrena€™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 childrena€™s literature in such journals as Childrena€™s Literature, The Lion and the Unicorn, and Marvels and Tales.Despite the queerly utopian setting of Boy Meets Boy, traces of homophobia occasionally appear, such as those ... As such, Boy Meets Boy points to a refreshing new direction for childrena#39;s literature, one in David Levithana#39;s Boy Meets Boyanbsp;...

Title:Innocence, Heterosexuality, and the Queerness of Children's Literature
Author:Tison Pugh
Publisher:Routledge - 2010-12-14


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