Date of Award

Summer 8-22-2010

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Tomasz Tabako

Second Advisor

Dr. Leonard Teel

Third Advisor

Dr. M. Lane Bruner


This analysis of children’s literature attempts to understand the relationship between social reproduction and ideology. This thesis argues that children’s literature written by Lynne Cheney is a cultural artifact that constitutes an ideological history. In addition, it argues that her books can be used by ideological institutions to strengthen socially accepted practices through the theory of social reproduction. Since there is a lack of theory regarding cultural artifacts in literary studies, an adoption from the field of pedagogy called the theory of hidden curriculum is used to explain social reproduction. The process of social reproduction reinforces socioeconomic structures put in place in order to reinforce social norms.


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