Abstract

The essay discusses how children’s book author Beatrix Potter was able to portray something essential about childhood through the medium of her miniature books portraying small animals in human attire. It is hypothesized that a proliferation of themes concerning clothing and dress-up in the Potter books embody the quality of “markedness” that is intrinsic to the nature of childhood, likely contributing to the iconic staying power these books have had for generations.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1085-7931
Print ISSN
0065-860X
Pages
pp. 161-172
Launched on MUSE
2014-06-23
Open Access
No
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