Female Models in Picture Books: Contributions from the Artworks of Anthony Browne to the Image of Women in Children's Literature
We review the models of women projected through the Anthony Browne`s picture books. We analyze the network relationships between mother-son, father-daughter, sister- brother and friend-friend. We identify passive archetypes: adult woman admired and revered (Mi mamá. México: FCE, 2005, En el bosque. México: FCE 2004); women depending on man (Willy el tímido. México: FCE, 1984, Willy el soñador. México: FCE, 1997; Las pinturas de Willy. México: FCE, 2000). It contrasts with the projections of active archetypes: interventionist women who take risks maintaining their femininity, who make changes and improve their environment, and face internal and external conflicts in a spirit of renewal (Gorila. México: FCE, 1991, El libro de los cerdos. México: FCE, 1991; El túnel. México: FCE, 1993, Voces en el parque. México: FCE, 1999, El juego de las formas. México: FCE, 2004). We propose bibliographic selection criteria and guidelines for didactic use of picture book, through a critical reading of the women’s social roles.
Keywords: Children's Books, Picture Books, Artwork, Anthony Browne, Woman, Gender Stereotypes, Discrimination
Prof. María José Lobato
Head of Studies on School Teachers, CES Cardenal Spinola
Prof. Beatriz Hoster
Assistant Director, Direction of "CES Cardenal Spinola CEU" (Sevilla University)