Thursday, October 30, 2008

Harriet the Spy and Queer Subtext

Kathleen T. Horning's On Spies and Purple Socks and Such appeared in Horn Book Magazine in Jan/Feb 2005, but I just read it and it made me very happy.

I loved Harriet the Spy, and still do. The differences between how Horning read her as a child in the 60's and how I read her as a child in the 80's fascinate me. I don't think I ever realized Harriet was a cross-dresser.

Don't have more to say about that, at least right now--but I wanted to share this regardless of whether I had anything to add. It's worth reading.

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