Heroines, heroes and gender inequality in children's fiction
- Alumni, Arts and Law, Lectures Talks and Workshops, Students
A talk on fictional worlds and role models, and the gender inequality within them.
Fiction provides children with an important space to learn how to make sense of the world. It is also a crucial source for role models. Fictional worlds are not so unlike the real world – especially when it comes to gender inequalities. Based on their work with large collections of texts, Professor Michaela Mahlberg and Dr Anna Cermakova from the University of Birmingham's Centre for Corpus Research will explore fiction from Dickens to modern children's books, to demonstrate how repeated language patterns reflect a gendered view of society.
Book to the Future
This event is part of Book to the Future - the University of Birmingham's annual festival of the written and spoken word. It features an exciting programme of free workshops, panel discussions, performances and author talks.