An analysis of gender representations in children’s novels by Frances Hodgson Burnett

dc.contributor.advisor Géliga Vargas, Jocelyn A. Otero, Iris College of Arts and Sciences - Arts en_US
dc.contributor.committee Virtanen, Beth
dc.contributor.committee Flores, Leonardo
dc.contributor.committee Morales, Betsy
dc.contributor.department Department of English en_US
dc.contributor.representative Barbot, Maria 2018-01-26T18:28:05Z 2018-01-26T18:28:05Z 2007
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines gender representations in three childrenís novels by Victorian author Frances Hodgson Burnett. It focuses specifically on the construction and representation of femininity in the novels Little Lord Fauntleroy(1886), A Little Princess (1888) and The Secret Garden (1911). Employing the methodology of feminist literary criticism I examine the mechanisms through which these novels teach children lessons about appropriate and inappropriate female gender roles analyzing specifically how these books represent the female gender. In addition, I present a case study of literary interpretation based on an in-depth interview with a contemporary young female reader in order to examine how she relates to and interprets the gendered messages within these novels. This study will inform discussions about gender representations in childrenís literature and highlight the need and importance of gender education in school curricula. en_US
dc.description.graduationYear 2007 en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights.holder (c) 2007 Iris Otero en_US
dc.rights.license All rights reserved en_US
dc.subject Children's literature-English en_US
dc.subject Burnett, Frances Hodgson-Little Lord Fauntleroy en_US
dc.subject Burnett, Frances Hodgson-The Secret Garden en_US
dc.subject Burnett, Frances Hodgson-A Little Princess en_US
dc.subject Femininity in literature en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Burnett, Frances Hodgson, 1849-1924 -- Criticism and interpretation. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Children literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Femininity in literature. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh English literature -- Study and teaching (Elementary) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Children literature, English -- History and criticism. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh English literature -- 19th century. en_US
dc.title An analysis of gender representations in children’s novels by Frances Hodgson Burnett en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dspace.entity.type Publication English Education en_US M.A.E.E. en_US
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