The Gothic in Children s Literature Haunting the Borders From creepy picture books to Harry Potter Lemony Snicket the Spiderwick Chronicles and countless vampire series for young adult readers fear has become a dominant mode of entertainment for young r

  • Title: The Gothic in Children's Literature: Haunting the Borders
  • Author: Anna Jackson Karen Coats Roderick McGillis
  • ISBN: 9780415960366
  • Page: 109
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From creepy picture books to Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket, the Spiderwick Chronicles, and countless vampire series for young adult readers, fear has become a dominant mode of entertainment for young readers The last two decades have seen an enormous growth in the critical study of two very different genres, the Gothic and children s literature.The Gothic, concerned withFrom creepy picture books to Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket, the Spiderwick Chronicles, and countless vampire series for young adult readers, fear has become a dominant mode of entertainment for young readers The last two decades have seen an enormous growth in the critical study of two very different genres, the Gothic and children s literature.The Gothic, concerned with the perverse and the forbidden, with adult sexuality and religious or metaphysical doubts and heresies, seems to represent everything that children s literature, as a genre, was designed to keep out Indeed, this does seem to be very much the way that children s literature was marketed in the late eighteenth century, at exactly the same time that the Gothic was really taking off, written by the same women novelists who were responsible for the promotion of a safe and segregated children s literature.This collection examines the early intersection of the Gothic and children s literature and the contemporary manifestations of the gothic impulse, revealing that Gothic elements can, in fact, be traced in children s literature for as long as children have been reading.

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    1. This is a very interresting book, even thoug I can't relate to some of the essays (because I haven't read the stories they are talking about). It's very good to read if you are interrested in gothic literature, children's books and children as readers. The history is really interresting, where it all began and how children has been treated over the centuries.

    2. Amazing! This book answered so many questions I've never been able to answer concerning the gothic and the uncanny in children's literature. Definitely worth the read!

    3. The Gothic and the uncanny are still underrepresented in children’s literature. No, let me rephrase that: academic research on the Gothic and Uncanny is still underrepresented in children’s literature as people generally still think in Lockean terms of the child as tabula rasa and an innocense that needs to be preserved for as long as possible (by feeding them sugar and spice and everything nice).It's silly because the Gothic has been part of children's literature for ages.This is a collecti [...]

    4. This is a collection of essays written about authors who use gothic/horror themes in their stories for children. I was interested primarily in the essay about Niel Gaiman's children's books which often have a strong gothic element in them. I read one or two other essays before I realized that I wasn't really interested in what was being said by the other authors. The essays were sometimes synopses with a highly subjective interpretation, and a thin and, to my mind, annoying Freudian analysis. I [...]

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