You have already written about how different or similar men & women [boys & girls] are. Now I want you to go beyond Ch. 3 and write about (a) how what you have learned fits with “usual” thinking about this issue, the issue’s relevance for the “gender binary”, and some of the consequences of seeing women and men as inherently different. Essentially, I want you to use what you learned vs. the stereotypes & write about what this all means, your educated analysis.
What is “doing gender”? How does this fit with gender norms? How does it go beyond these norms? How might “doing gender” influence norms (for better or worse)?
Which of the articles in VTS that you read since Quiz 1 has had most impact on you? Describe the article, being sure to include the key points, & explain how it influenced you. Be sure to put the number of the article, as well as the authors and/or title—don’t make me guess!
the piece with ‘All this he saw, for one moment breathless and intense, vivid on the morning sky; and still, as he looked, he lived; and still, as he lived, he wondered’. On first reading, Piper at the Gates of Dawn did not seem part of an arc or connected to the wider plot. Grahame at this time associated with Pantheism though later returned to Christianity. The chapter points the reader who may be the adult reading to a child, to reminders of the importance of connecting with the environment and the reunion with the lost ‘child’ in the form of the otter suggests the author directed his readers to connect with lost joys of childhood. Arguably, the chapter is the crux of the novel. Grahame is directing his reader, to a spiritual journey through connection with the pastoral, through learning, and self-revelation. Toad’s fascination with new, avarice and consumerism, and his character willing to manipulate with little regard for consequence draws direct parallels with shifts in Edwardian society. The motor car searing through the landscape is symbolic of this disruption. Grahame’s values are ultimately conservative. In The Pagan Papers, written by Grahame and published in 1898, we see the first seeds of ideas for The Wind in the Willows. The first chapter, named ‘The Romance of the Road’. The author discusses a celebration of journey, nature, travelling and reading and in his April Essay, ‘The Rural Pan,’ equating Pan to quiet moments of introspection when immersed in nature. ‘The Wind in the Willows’ was written towards the end of the Edwardian era when Pan and Pantheism were commonly and overtly associated with writing for children. The anthropomorphic animals are only thinly veiled humans on a journey, exploring friendship, class, aspiration, and spirituality. Readers may wonder if the crux of the book was ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn’, rather it being an authorial distraction, or tangent. One may ask, was the book ever intended for children? If The Wind in The Willows was a book intended for adults, then possibly the definitive childhood character from The Golden Age of Children’s Writing’ is Peter Pan. Again, there is a conflict arising from the adult perception of what it means to be a child, or if the subtext of the story is one intended for children as readers. Here, a wilful and spirited boy replaces the image of Pan as a horned, half man, half goat god. Fairies and mermaids replace the Nymphs of mythology, and the shepherds who worshipped Pan are now a tribe of lost boys. Peter Pan is first introduced when ‘Mrs. Darling is tidying up her children’s minds’ as Barrie describes’ a child’s’ mind, which is not only confused, … it keeps going round all the time’ (Location 84 of 2074, Peter Pan and Wendy, Kindle edition.) Which suggests the author ultimately regards the minds of children and the state of childhood as a separate and unordered state, in need of organisation. Like Mr. Darling, Barrie feels compelled to reinstate order. We learn Peter Pan comes from Neverland, a place where each child has their version>GET ANSWER