Into the Closet

Into the Closet

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Into the Closet examines the representation of cross-dressing in a wide variety of childrena€™s fiction, ranging from picture books and junior fiction to teen films and novels for young adults. It provides a comprehensive analysis of the different types of cross-dressing found in childrena€™s narratives, raising a number of significant issues relating to the ideological construction of masculinity and femininity in books for younger readers. Many literary and cultural critics have studied the cultural significance of adult cross-dressing, yet although cross-dressing representations are plentiful in childrena€™s literature and film, very little critical attention has been paid to this subject to date. Into the Closet fills this critical gap. Cross-dressing demonstrates how gender is symbolically constructed through various items of clothing and apparel. It also has the ability to deconstruct notions of problematizing the relationship between sex and gender. Into the Closet is an important book for academics, teachers, and parents because it demonstrates how cross-dressing, rather than being taboo, is frequently used in childrena€™s literature and film as a strategy to educate (or enculturate) children about gender.Soon after, he falls and is forced to stop, breathing heavily as he leans against the wall for support. As an elderly man ... significance of her decision to cross- dress clearly conveyed by the use of dramatic music punctuated by loud, urgent beats. When Mulan ... In all probability it is Joana#39;s iconic cultural status and the widespread popularity of her story that have caused this conservatism. The metaphoricanbsp;...

Title:Into the Closet
Author:Victoria Flanagan
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-08-21


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