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Twenty-First-Century Feminisms in Children's and Adolescent Literature$
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Roberta Seelinger Trites

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496813800

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496813800.001.0001

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Intersectionalities and Multiplicities

Intersectionalities and Multiplicities

Race and Materiality in Literature for the Young

(p.31) Chapter 2 Intersectionalities and Multiplicities
Twenty-First-Century Feminisms in Children's and Adolescent Literature

Roberta Seelinger Trites

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter uses Michael Hames-García’s concept of “multiplicity,” which builds on the concept of intersectionality from Critical Race Theory. Intersectionality involves awareness of the ways that forms of oppression intersect to increase oppression; multiplicity acknowledges the ongoing and continuous nature of social identities and how they define one another. Maria Nikolajeva’s concept of aetonormativity—age-based norms—is another form of multiplicity that affects all children and adolescents. Chapter 2 thus explores the multiplicities, including aetonormativity, that foreground ideologically the multiplicities involved in being a person of color, young, and female in five narratives: Christopher Paul Curtis’s The Mighty Miss Malone, Pam Muñoz Ryan’s Becoming Naomi Léon, Phillip Hoose’s Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming, and Sherri L. Smith’s Flygirl.

Keywords:   Intersectionality, Multiplicity, Brown Girl Dreaming, Claudette Colvin, Flygirl

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