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Who wears the pants? The (multi) cultural politics of 'The sisterhood of the travelling pants'

McInally, Kate 2008, Who wears the pants? The (multi) cultural politics of 'The sisterhood of the travelling pants', Children's literature in education, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 187-200, doi: 10.1007/s10583-008-9068-6.

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Title Who wears the pants? The (multi) cultural politics of 'The sisterhood of the travelling pants'
Formatted title Who wears the pants? The (multi) cultural politics of 'The sisterhood of the travelling pants'
Author(s) McInally, Kate
Journal name Children's literature in education
Volume number 39
Issue number 3
Start page 187
End page 200
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2008-09
ISSN 0045-6713
1573-1693
Keyword(s) multiculturalism
sisterhood
patriarchy
Ann Brashares
Summary Novels that prioritise the connectedness and strength of girls’ friendships without employing the pervasive trope of “mean girls”—those who typically divide in order to conquer other girls—are potentially empowering in their refusal to perpetuate limited and binary accounts of adolescent femininity. While Ann Brashares’ cult novel (now film), The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005a; originally 2002) appears to be representative of this textual shift, underpinning the overt call to value girls’ relationships is a deeply conservative, assimilationist narrative that relies on an acceptance of traditional patriarchal values. This article analyses the ways in which the novel appropriates “multicultural difference” to valorise, sustain and naturalise the central position and authority of patriarchy in the lives of young girls, regardless of their cultural heritage.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10583-008-9068-6
Field of Research 200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017177

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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