By Annette Wannamaker
Boys in Children’s Literature and pop culture proposes new theoretical frameworks for figuring out the contradictory methods masculinity is represented in renowned texts fed on via boys within the usa. the preferred texts boys like are usually overlooked by means of educators and students, or are easily brushed aside as rubbish that boys might be discouraged from having fun with. besides the fact that, interpreting and making obvious the methods masculinity services in those texts is essential to knowing the large array of works that make up children’s tradition and shape dominant models of masculinity. Such renowned texts as Harry Potter, Captain Underpants, and jap manga and anime frequently practice rituals of topic formation in brazenly ugly ways in which repulse grownup readers and allure boys. they generally use depictions of the abject – threats to physically borders – to blur the differences among what's outdoors the physique and what's within, among what's "I" and what's "not I." due to their reliance on depictions of the abject, these well known texts that almost all vigorously practice exaggerated models of masculinity additionally create possibilities to make dominant masculinity seen as a social construct.
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Boys in Children's Literature and Popular Culture: Masculinity, Abjection, and the Fictional Child (Children's Literature and Culture) by Annette Wannamaker