We have had a library talk with the Art & Design Librarian Chris Whitfield who was very informative and helpful, he explained how to use the online library catalogue to search through for books and journal entries relating to our chosen topic. He also explained the pros and cons to research sources like books, whereas they hold alot of valid information it should be checked that they are in date with when you need to research, and that the information isn’t too old for your study. Also books can be cover a wide range of topics so may not be as subject specific as you need them to be. Magazines and journals are full of interesting articles that will be up to date, but could be biased based upon the authors own opinions or the type of journal it is. But art and design specific journals will be a valuable resource for my work and will have a wide selection of current debates in the art and design world that i can use. Also we can access journals online and in the library, and the library stocks some excellent art and design journals, even one specifically relating to illustration called “Varoom” which upon opening the first edition i picked up had an article relating to my chosen topic which is excellent!

You can search the online journal using a quick search for broader terminology or use an advanced search for specific topics and journals, i have begun to search for information surrounding the topic of:

Representation of Gender and Gender Roles in Childrens illustration

I have decided to research this topic because i am interested greatly in childrens literature and their illustrations and i would like to see if the recent social media coverage on promoting feminism ( Emma watson & Pussy Riot) , and if books from this decade in general portray gender to children in a more balanced manner than books from the 1990’s and previous. I am passionate about this not only because of its feminist nature and my passion for women being able to aim for the same goals in life as men, but also because i feel that books aimed at young boys force an idea of masculinity upon them that does not allow them to understand that its ok for boys to be sensitive and emotional, and girls to be strong and ambitious. So i believe the door swings both ways on this issue and equality is the important factor. My study on this will directly relate to my FMP because i would like to create a fantasy story that is gender equal, one that shows that children can still be what they desire to be regardless of previous gender stereotypes. Like its perfectly fine for a little girl to dream of being a princess as some do, but other options are also available and they can still be strong within this pretend role.

Some of my searches involved these key words:

Gender in illustration, childrens illustration, gender stereotyping, childrens picture books

below are some relevant articles/ books/ journal entries i have found so far:

“Magic pencil, Children’s book illustrators today : Book

Varoom: Illustration Magazine

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/8494392/Childrens-books-are-sexist-and-enforce-gender-inequality.html: Telegraph Article

http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2014/03/why-are-childrens-books-still-promoting-gender-stereotypes: Article Newspaper

http://www.littlebookroom.com.au/blogs/the-little-bookroom-1/8279542-gender-roles-in-children-s-picture-books: Article Online Journal

http://www.nrm.org/2013/04/contemporary-gender-roles-in-childrens-literature-by-joshua-heinsz/: Article

Kid Source Online. “Gender Issues in Children’s Literature.” http://www.kidsource.com/education/gender.issues.l.a.html

Munsch, Robert. The Paper Bag Princess. Willowdale, ON: Firefly Books, LTD. 1980.

Flood, Allison. “Study finds huge gender imbalance in children’s literature.” The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/may/06/gender-imbalance-children-s-literature.

Gruska, Denise. The Only Boy in Ballet Class. Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2007.

Institute for Humane Education. “12 Picture Books that Challenge Traditional Gender Roles.” Humane Connection. http://humaneconnectionblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/12-childrens-picture-books-that.html.

http://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1500&context=doctoral : Doctoral Study

http://www.ecpuk.org/articles/article/40/Gender+Issues+Group+Top+Ten+Childrens+Books+1998/: The Early Childhood Project

http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/critical-feminist-studies-2013/polly/gendering-childrens-book-illustrations-web-event-1: Article online journal

http://0-gas.sagepub.com.brum.beds.ac.uk/content/25/2/197.full.pdf+html : 2011 study in Gender and Society Journal

http://forum.london-artcollege.co.uk/discussion/90/gender-bias-and-stereo-typing-in-children-s-illustration : Forum Discussion, London Art College

http://www.kon.org/urc/v10/macarthur.html: Study at University of Brunswick


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