Gender Instruction in the Tales for Children by Mary E.Wilkins Freeman (Mellen Studies in Children's Literature v. 3)

Gender Instruction in the Tales for Children by Mary E.Wilkins Freeman (Mellen Studies in Children's Literature v. 3)

By: Karl J. Terryberry (author)Paperback

Special OrderSpecial Order item not currently available. We'll try and order for you.

Description

Mary E. Wilkins Freeman's tales for and about children arose out of cultural constrictions formulated by a strict adherance and obediance to the Puritan values embedded in New England history. At the time she wrote these stories, New England was experiencing a population decline fuelled by massive changes in industry and farming, and the effects of war. With young, industrious men pouring out of rural New England, Freeman concentrated on the women and the weak men who were left behind. Role models for boys were hard to find and respectable males for girls were few. Consquently, the lines dividing the gender roles got blurred in Freeman's world and she set out to redraw the lines by redefining the roles of men and women for children. This text not only discusses the impact of such cultural and historical forces on gender in her writing, but it also catagorizes both collected and uncollected tales by grouping together the products of Freeman's gender instruction.

Contents

Stories for adolescent women - spinsters preparing girls for marriage; Freeman's folk and fairy tales - submissive mothers, fathers, and idealized states of motherhood; ethinc notions in the stories for and about children; defiant and obiediant children and the cult of true womanhood; domineering women - stepmother, grandmothers, spinsters, and witch-women; yearning to be feminine - the males of Freeman's stories for adolescents; gender identity in boys - the occasional stories.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773473096
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 164
  • ID: 9780773473096
  • ISBN10: 0773473092

Delivery Information

  • Saver Delivery: Yes
  • 1st Class Delivery: Yes
  • Courier Delivery: Yes
  • Store Delivery: Yes

Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly

Close