Out of this World: Why Literature Matters to Girls

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Teachers College Press, 2004 - Education - 178 pages
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The author analyzes the way the girls discuss pleasure in becoming "the eye" of the reader, use film to decode the genres of literature, master forms such as fantasy and Gothic, describe the differences between reading and viewing films, and identify only with animal rather than human characters. Blackford intertwines the vivid voices of her girl respondents with her own story of moving beyond her feminist and multicultural assumptions of how children are shaped by the stories we tell in literature. This breakthrough text presents surprising findings about how girls appreciate literature and what they enjoy about reading.
  

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Contents

Literature Vive la Différence
1
Seeing and Imagining the Text
16
Going OffWorld for Insight
30
Its Like a Fantasy World Gender and Form
42
The Genre of Identity Suspense Action Quest and Gothic Form
63
Cherchez la Femme The Problem of Versimilitude
85
Film and Reelism
102
Beauty in the Beast The Power of Metamorphosis
116
Tapping Girls Responses to Reading
133
Interviews as Texts
141
Notes
149
Works Cited
155
Index
169
About the Author
178
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About the author (2004)

Holly Virginia Blackford is an assistant professor of English at Rutgers University in Camden, where she is also an associate at the Center for Children and Childhood Studies and director of the Reading and Writing Program

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