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The Resource Was the Cat in the Hat black? : the hidden racism of children's literature, and the need for diverse books, Philip Nel

Was the Cat in the Hat black? : the hidden racism of children's literature, and the need for diverse books, Philip Nel

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Was the Cat in the Hat black? : the hidden racism of children's literature, and the need for diverse books
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Was the Cat in the Hat black?
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the hidden racism of children's literature, and the need for diverse books
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Philip Nel
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Hidden racism of children's literature, and the need for diverse books
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the hidden racism of childrens literature, and the need for diverse books
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eng
Summary
Racism is resilient, duplicitous, and endlessly adaptable, so it is no surprise that America is again in a period of civil rights activism. A significant reason racism endures is because it is structural: it's embedded in culture and in institutions. One of the places that racism hides -- and thus perhaps the best place to oppose it -- is books for young people. Philip Nel presents five serious critiques of the history and current state of children's literature tempestuous relationship with both implicit and explicit forms of racism. Nel examines topics both vivid -- such as The Cat in the Hat's roots in blackface minstrelsy -- and more opaque, like how the children's book industry can perpetuate structural racism via whitewashed covers even while making efforts to increase diversity. Rooted in research, Nel delves into years of literary criticism and recent sociological data in order to show a better way forward. Though much of what is proposed here could be endlessly argued, the knowledge that what we learn in childhood imparts both subtle and explicit lessons about whose lives matter is not debatable. The text concludes with a proposal of actions everyone -- reader, author, publisher, scholar, citizen -- can take to fight the biases and prejudices that infect children's literature
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Was the Cat in the Hat Black? presents five serious critiques of the history and current state of children's literature tempestuous relationship with both implicit and explicit forms of racism. The book fearlessly examines topics both vivid-such as The Cat in the Hat's roots in blackface minstrelsy-and more opaque, like how the children's book industry can perpetuate structural racism via whitewashed covers even while making efforts to increase diversity
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10573621
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1969-
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Nel, Philip
Dewey number
810.9/9282
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illustrations
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Children's literature, American
  • Race in literature
  • Racism in literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Children's literature, American
  • Race in literature
  • Racism in literature
Target audience
adult
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the hidden racism of children's literature, and the need for diverse books
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Was the Cat in the Hat black? : the hidden racism of children's literature, and the need for diverse books, Philip Nel
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Race, racism, and the cultures of childhood -- The strange career of The Cat in the Hat; or, Dr. Seuss's racial imagination -- How to read uncomfortably: Racism, affect, and classic children's books -- Whiteness, nostalgia, and fantastic flying books: William Joyce's racial erasures vs. Hurricane Katrina -- Don't judge a book by its color: The destructive fantasy of whitewashing (and vice-versa) -- Childhoods "outside the boundaries of imagination": Genre is the new Jim Crow -- Conclusion: A manifesto for anti-racist children's literature
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ocn969438729
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
ix, 278 pages
Isbn
9780190635077
Lccn
2016045070
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
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regular print
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(OCoLC)969438729
Label
Was the Cat in the Hat black? : the hidden racism of children's literature, and the need for diverse books, Philip Nel
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Race, racism, and the cultures of childhood -- The strange career of The Cat in the Hat; or, Dr. Seuss's racial imagination -- How to read uncomfortably: Racism, affect, and classic children's books -- Whiteness, nostalgia, and fantastic flying books: William Joyce's racial erasures vs. Hurricane Katrina -- Don't judge a book by its color: The destructive fantasy of whitewashing (and vice-versa) -- Childhoods "outside the boundaries of imagination": Genre is the new Jim Crow -- Conclusion: A manifesto for anti-racist children's literature
Control code
ocn969438729
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
ix, 278 pages
Isbn
9780190635077
Lccn
2016045070
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)969438729

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