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The Cultural Construction of Monstrous Children

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223 Pages
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An innovative and interdisciplinary collection of essays examining the Western construct and its failure of the anomalous child


The Cultural Construction of Monstrous Children raises important questions at the heart of society and culture, and through an interdisciplinary, trans-cultural analysis presents important findings on socio-cultural representations and embodiments of the child and childhood. At the start of the 21st, new anxieties constellate around the child and childhood, while older concerns have re-emerged, mutated, and grown stronger. But as historical analysis shows, they have been ever-present concerns.


This innovative and interdisciplinary collection of essays considers examples of monstrous children since the 16th century to the present, spanning real-life and popular culture, to exhibit the manifestation of the Western cultural anxiety around the problematic, anomalous child as naughty, dangerous, or just plain evil.


The book takes an inter- and multidisciplinary approach, drawing upon fields as diverse as sociology, psychology, film, and literature, to study the role of the child and childhood within contemporary Western culture and to see the historic ways in which each discipline intersects and influences the other.


List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction, Simon Bacon and Leo Ruickbie; Part I Historical Case Studies; Chapter One The Possession of John Starkie, Joyce Froome; Chapter Two The Naughty Little Children: The Paranormal and Teenagers, Renaud Evrard; Chapter Three I Was a Real Teenage Werewolf: The Seventeenth-Century Witchcraft Trial of Jean Grenier, Leo Ruickbie; Chapter Four Deviance on Display: The Feral and the Monstrous Child, Gerd H. Hövelmann; Part II Factual Anxiety in Fictional Representations: The Undead Child; Chapter Five Imprints: Forming and Tracing the Malevolent Ghost-Child, Jen Baker; Chapter Six Undead Role Models: Why the Zombie Child Is Irresistible, Anthony Adams; Chapter Seven Children for Ever! Monsters of Eternal Youth and the Reification of Childhood, Simon Bacon; Part III Factual Anxiety in Fictional Representations: The Monstrous Child; Chapter Eight ‘Not a child. Not old. Not a boy. Not a girl’: Representing Childhood in Let the Right One In, Allison Moore; Chapter Nine Perverted Postmodern Pinocchios: Cannibalistic Vegetal- Children as Ecoterrorist Agents of the Maternal Imagination, Anna Kérchy; Chapter Ten From the Monster to the Evil Sinthomosexual Child: Category Mixing, Temporality and Projection in Horror Movies, Marc Démont; Part IV Cultural Categorization in the Past, Present and Possible Future; Chapter Eleven Evil Twins: Changing Perceptions of Twin Children and Witchcraft among Yoruba-Speaking People, Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold; Chapter Twelve Doli Incapax: Examining the Social, Psychological, Biological and Legal Implications of Age- Related Assumptions of Criminal Responsibility, Jacquelyn Bent and Theresa Porter; Chapter Thirteen Black- Eyed Kids and the Child Archetype, Brigid Burke; Chapter Fourteen Indigo Children: Unexpected Consequences of a Process of Pathologization, Gerhard Mayer and Anita Brutler; Notes on Contributors; Index.

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Published 30 September 2020
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