We're Here, We're (Not?) Queer: LGBTQ Characters in Children's Books

Epstein, BJ (2012) We're Here, We're (Not?) Queer: LGBTQ Characters in Children's Books. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 8 (3). pp. 287-300. ISSN 1550-428X

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Abstract

How are non-heterosexualities portrayed in children's literature? Which non-heterosexualities are featured and why? What information and beliefs do these books expose children to? And why does that matter? In this article, I analyse a number of books in English for children, both picture books and books for older readers, in order to see how the United States and the United Kingdom understand and portray non-heterosexualities. Understanding whether and how gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and otherwise queer (GLBTQ) characters are included and portrayed in children's books reveals how society as a whole thinks about GLBTQ people.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Literature and Creative Writing
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University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Creative Writing
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Literature and Translation
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Depositing User: Katherine Humphries
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2012 13:49
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 03:19
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/37772
DOI: 10.1080/1550428X.2012.677241

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