Queering the Reader in <em>Peter and Wendy</em>

  • Rachel Prusko
Keywords: Peter Pan, queer reading


Recently, queer theory has shown much interest in the figure of the child, with some critics seeking a queer understanding of childhood and others refuting the possibility of this enterprise. Few of these critics, though, have considered the queer possibilities of children’s literature, preferring instead to analyze child characters in the works of authors who do not write for children. Assuming both that "child" is indeed a queerable category and that books for children are worth analyzing through a queer lens, this essay offers a reading of J. M. Barrie’s Peter and Wendy, arguing that narrative form is the principal queering force in this novel, and that the child queered most significantly is its reader.


DOI: 10.1353/jeu.2012.0018

Author Biography

Rachel Prusko

Rachel Prusko is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, where she studies early modern drama and children’s literature. Her dissertation explores the self-fashioning of teenaged characters in Shakespeare and Marlowe. Currently, she is writing an essay on teens and gossip for a collection on The Merry Wives of Windsor.

How to Cite
Prusko, R. (2012). Queering the Reader in <em>Peter and Wendy</em&gt;. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 4(2). Retrieved from https://jeunessejournal.ca/index.php/yptc/article/view/160