Abstract

While Roald Dahl's Matilda offers a critique of oppressive, colonizing adult practices, it also makes clear the difficulty posed by the tyranny of gendered social scripts. Focusing both on historical and fictional parallels suggested by the text, this paper outlines the limited choices Matilda is offered as role models, highlighting in particular the way she is positioned as a double for Miss Trunchbull.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1553-1201
Print ISSN
0885-0429
Pages
pp. 246-257
Launched on MUSE
2008-08-09
Open Access
No
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