Book review of "Witnessing Girlhood: toward an intersectional tradition of life writing" by Leigh Gilmore & Elizabeth Marshall. New York, USA, Fordham University Press, 2019. ISBN: 978-0-8232-8548-8

Maguire, Emma (2021) Book review of "Witnessing Girlhood: toward an intersectional tradition of life writing" by Leigh Gilmore & Elizabeth Marshall. New York, USA, Fordham University Press, 2019. ISBN: 978-0-8232-8548-8. Auto/Biography Studies. (In Press)

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[Extract] The predicament at the heart of Leigh Gilmore and Elizabeth Marshall’s recent book is that although girls have long testified to the violence they suffer, they are often disbelieved by the adults who have the power to investigate their claims. Children and young people are not seen as credible witnesses because the perceived association of childhood with naivety prevents adults from seeing children as equipped to understand the world and speak reliably about their experience of it. Doubly disempowered, girls also face gendered discrimination that leads to silencing.

Item ID: 69654
Item Type: Article (Book Review)
ISSN: 2151-7290
Copyright Information: © 2021 Emma Maguire
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2021 23:19
FoR Codes: 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470527 Popular and genre literature @ 50%
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470514 Literary theory @ 25%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4405 Gender studies > 440509 Women's studies (incl. girls' studies) @ 25%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130203 Literature @ 100%
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