The Girl-Positive Library: Inspiring Confidence, Creativity, and Curiosity in Young Women

The Girl-Positive Library: Inspiring Confidence, Creativity, and Curiosity in Young Women

by Mary Ann Harlan


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Providing a model of critique useful in readers advisory, collection development, and book clubs, this title encourages the inclusion of young adult titles advancing a positive representation of girls in programming and instruction.

Even in an era in which there are multiple and wide-ranging conversations about representations of diverse groups in literature, the depiction of girls in young adult literature has received inadequate attention. This text provides a model for understanding how girls are represented in young adult literature that will aid school and youth services librarians in their personal understanding and awareness as they build collections and create programming.

It provides practical suggestions for how to use and implement a feminist lens while reading, discussing, and reviewing titles. Included are a list of recommended annotated titles and discussion questions for use in developing appropriate instructional and interesting programs that explore concepts of girlhood, media literacy programs, and diverse collections.

  • Looks at YA books through a feminist lens
  • Provides a list of recommended titles with annotations and discussion questions
  • Provides insights into YA books to consider for collection development and programming in an area of current interest
  • Includes descriptions of programming ideas to use in both school and public library settings

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440860638
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/07/2018
Pages: 161
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Mary Ann Harlan, PhD, is an assistant professor at San Jose State School of Information. She has worked in California public schools for 20 years, of which she spent 11 in middle and high school libraries.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

Representations 2

Young Adult Literature 3

Reading as a Feminist 4

Girlhood and Feminism 6

Who Should Read This Book? 7

Overview of the Text 8

2 Defining Girlhood in Popular Culture 9

Developing Girlhood 9

The Tropes of Girlhood 11

Revisiting Girl: Rooted in Trauma 26

Critiquing the Narratives 28

Conclusion 32

3 Feminist Issues and Girls 33

Identity: Self, Sexuality, and Gender Identity 33

Bodily Autonomy: Owning the Self 36

Conclusion 44

4 Reading as a Feminist 45

Girlhood Types in Young Adult Literature 46

Feminist Readings of Young Adult Literature 50

5 Reviews 53

Selection Process 53

Identity 54

Bodily Autonomy 74

Peer Relations 84

Sex 100

Power 111

Close Look at Three Authors 118

Feminism in Non-Fiction 125

6 Activity Ideas 131

Writing and Publishing 131

Visual Arts 132

Media Activities 134

7 Conclusion 137

Glossary 139

Resources for Further Reading 143

Works Cited 145

Index 147

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