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Gender

Owen Dudley Edwards

in British Children's Fiction in the Second World War

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780748616510
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653621 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748616510.003.0008
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This chapter discusses the opinion of British children on how the war affected gender relationships. Here, Enid Blyton presents a child's love for individual animals, toys, and even imaginary or non-existent companions. The chapter notes that this can act as a substitute or a way to emotional involvement with another child. It then asserts the general role of animals in the gender context, and studies the junior version of adult fictions that valorise lovedrama. From here the discussion shifts to boy–girl relationships, including boy–girl hostility and affection in tomboys and mutual male love crossing racial barriers.

Keywords: gender relationships; child's love; animals; imaginary companions; emotional involvement; adult fictions; lovedrama; boy–girl relationships; racial barriers

Chapter.  19199 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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