Was the Cat in the Hat black? the hidden racism of children's literature, and the need for diverse books /

Racism is resilient, duplicitous, and endlessly adaptable, so it is no surprise that America is again in a period of civil rights activism. A significant reason racism endures is because it is structural: it's embedded in culture and in institutions. One of the places that racism hides -- and t...

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Main Author: Nel, Philip, 1969-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017.
Physical Description: ix, 278 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction: Race, racism, and the cultures of childhood
  • The strange career of The Cat in the Hat; or, Dr. Seuss's racial imagination
  • How to read uncomfortably: Racism, affect, and classic children's books
  • Whiteness, nostalgia, and fantastic flying books: William Joyce's racial erasures vs. Hurricane Katrina
  • Don't judge a book by its color: The destructive fantasy of whitewashing (and vice-versa)
  • Childhoods "outside the boundaries of imagination": Genre is the new Jim Crow
  • Conclusion: A manifesto for anti-racist children's literature.