Dresses Make the Girl: Gender and Identity from The Hundred Dresses to 10,000 Dresses

Sharon Smulders
  • Children s Literature in Education, January 2015, Springer Science + Business Media
  • DOI: 10.1007/s10583-015-9242-6

Gender and Identity in Eleanor Estes' The Hundred Dresses and Marcus Ewert's 10,000 Dresses

What is it about?

This article offers a close reading of two works, Eleanor Estes’ The Hundred Dresses (1944) and Marcus Ewert’s 10,000 Dresses (2008), that feature in current anti-bullying campaigns. In so doing, it focuses on the theme of gender and identity.

Why is it important?

This article is important because it shows how Estes’ use of the school story not only exposes the social dynamics of bullying but also suggests how girls develop a sense of identity that is shared. 10,000 Dresses, written more than 60 years after The Hundred Dresses, redefines conventional ideas of gender to make room for transgendered identity.

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