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Experimental girls: feminist and transgender discourses in Bill’s New Frock and Marvin Redpost: Is He a Girl?

Butler, Catherine 2009. Experimental girls: feminist and transgender discourses in Bill’s New Frock and Marvin Redpost: Is He a Girl? Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 34 (1) , pp. 1-20. 10.1353/chq.0.1889

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Abstract

Bill’s New Frock (1989) and Marvin Redpost: Is He a Girl? (1993) each tell of a boy who spends a short time living life as a female. This article reads these two chapter books in the light of the debates about the relationship between sex and gender that took place both within feminism and in the nascent queer and transgender movements in the years leading up to the early 1990s. It suggests some ways in which these apparently similar texts embody important ideological tensions and disparities, reflecting the wider gender politics of the period.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PZ Childrens literature
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
ISSN: 0885-0429
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:32
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/79968

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