Queering chapter books with LGBT characters for young readers: recognizing and complicating representations of homonormativity

@article{HermannWilmarth2016QueeringCB,
  title={Queering chapter books with LGBT characters for young readers: recognizing and complicating representations of homonormativity},
  author={J. M. Hermann-Wilmarth and C. Ryan},
  journal={Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education},
  year={2016},
  volume={37},
  pages={846 - 866}
}
  • J. M. Hermann-Wilmarth, C. Ryan
  • Published 2016
  • Sociology
  • Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education
  • ABSTRACT In this paper, we consider the limited chapter book options with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) characters available for upper elementary readers. While these texts all include one or more LGBT character(s), the overall representations of LGBT people and issues highlight particular normative identities and silence others. We are concerned that these representations reify neoliberal ideas about sexuality's relationship to race and class, and encourage gay assimilation… CONTINUE READING
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