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The Gothic in Children's Literature

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The Gothic in Children's Literature
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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 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.

Author Biography

Anna Jackson is Lecturer in English at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Roderick McGillis is Professor of English at the University of Calgary. He is author of Nimble Reader: Literary Theory and Children's Literature, winner of the 1997 IRSCL Award for Distinguished research. His other books include A Little Princess: Gender and Empire (Twayne, 1996) and We Was Some Kind of Man: Masculinity in the B Western (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, forthcoming). He was one of six Senior Editors for the Encyclopedia of Children's Literature, forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Karen Coats is Associate Professor of English at Illinois State University. She is author of Looking Glasses and Neverlands: Lacan, Desire, and Subjectivity in Children's Literature (University of Iowa Press, 2004), which was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2004.
Release date NZ
October 2nd, 2007
Contributors
Edited by Anna Jackson Edited by Karen Coats Edited by Roderick McGillis
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
7 black & white halftones
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
264
Dimensions
152x229x19
ISBN-13
9780415960366
Product ID
1683536

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