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Out of This World Why Literature Matters to Girls

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ISBN-10: 0807744662

ISBN-13: 9780807744666

Edition: 2004

Authors: Holly Virginia Blackford

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Literature: Vive la Difference
Why Study Children?
Why Study Girls?
So, Why Does Literature Matter?
What Was Wrong with My Research Questions?
The Chapters
Where Are Their Human Role Models?
Why Are Female Characters of Fiction Not Role Models?
Seeing and Imagining the Text
How Critics Believe That Ideas Influence People
The Relationship between Literature and Life
Floating above the Story
The Importance of the Narrator
Reading with Multiple Selves
Seeing and Imagining at the Same Time
Written Text as Cinematic in the Mind
Shifting Points of View
Going "Off-World" for Insight
Grasping Theme
Seeing and Transcendence: The American View
Transcendence of Artistic Lines
A Separate Moral Vision
Voyages Off-World: Healthy?
"It's Like a Fantasy World": Gender and Form
Genre as Focalizer, Adventure Quest as Freedom
Why Girls Appreciate Harry Potter and Secondary Worlds of Fantasy
Appreciating Fantasy beyond Hero
The Multiple Climaxes and Quests of Fantasy
The History of Gender and Form in the American Romance and Novel
British Fantasy for Children versus American Romance
Gender and Form in Nineteenth-Century America
Gender and Genre Continue in American Bookstores and Blockbusters
An Example of Utopian Vision
The Genre of Identity: Suspense, Action, Quest, and Gothic Form
Suspense
"The Whole World-Ending Thing"
"The Horror, the Horror!": Gothic Mystery
Form over Victim, Mind over Matter
Getting Good at Form
Serialization: Mystery Saga That Never Ends
Gothic Landscape
How the Gothic Doubles
Gothicizing the Female
Cherchez la Femme: The Problem of Verisimilitude
Alienation from Female Characters in Written Fiction
How the Gender of Fantasy Becomes Bound to Their Appreciation of Literature
American Girls and the Freedom to Fly
Constructing Female Stories as Fantasies
Structuring Texts Perceived as Verisimilar
Structuring Psychology
Structuring Emotion
Film and "Reelism"
Empowerment of Female Characters
The Role Film Plays in Social Life
Attending to Actresses
Growing Up With Film
The Paradox of Film, More Novel Than Literature
Beauty in the Beast: The Power of Metamorphosis
Acting in Play: A Different Transcendence of Self
The Appeal of Species Metamorphosis
Embodying the Animal Narrative
The Braid of Animal Literature and Imaginative Life
Our Bodies, Our Animals
Transcendence of Human Form
Coda: Tapping Girls' Responses to Reading
Comparing Form across Genres
Exploring Narrative Strategies
Investigating Points of View
Conclusion: Encouraging the Aesthetic Stance
Interviews as Texts: A Methodological Discussion
Notes
Works Cited
Index
About the Author