Theory, Philosophy, and Cultural Studies

            In chapter 6 of Coats’s book, “Blinded by the White,” she explores the psychoanalytic relevance and importance of race throughout children’s literature. She expresses that race plays a pivotal role in children’s literature, as they are beginning to develop a vague understanding of what makes people different. Her initial example of racial ideals being provoked is in picture books that parents and teachers read to their children. Though subtle, picture books that feature real people and places (as opposed to animal based characters or completely unrealistic fantasies) are often understood by children as a norm in their own realities. Coats mentions, “if a country child repeatedly sees images of a city as dangerous, she forms her opinions and expectations on the basis of those images” (121). This is also applicable to race. For example, if a child was also to see multiple images or videos…

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