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FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS discussion, pt 9: What is a feminist book?

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Published on May 20, 2012

A (spoiler-filled!) analysis of THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS by E. Lockhart in fifteen parts.

In this video, the discussion shifts to what exactly the definition of a "feminist book" is. Kristin notes that every book makes SOMEONE more feminist, even if just as a negative response to its content. But anyone reading this book carefully- not critically, but carefully- would likely come away with a slightly different point of view. What types of privileges does FRANKIE introduce the reader to? Male privilege, definitely; class privilege, probably; race privilege, not so much.

Our round-table discussion included, from left to right: Kristin Cashore, bestselling author of GRACELING, FIRE, and BITTERBLUE; Deborah Kaplan, professor at the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children's Literature; and Amy Stern, assistant agent at the Sheldon Fogelman Agency. Because our fourth participant, children's literature critic Rebecca Rabinowitz, has a physical disability (CFIDS), she's lying down offscreen, but she's still a very active part of the group discussion.

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