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Evil Children in the Popular Imagination

  • Karen J. Renner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 177-213

About this book

Introduction

Focusing on narratives with supernatural components, Karen J. Renner argues that the recent proliferation of stories about evil children demonstrates not a declining faith in the innocence of childhood but a desire to preserve its purity. From novels to music videos, photography to video games, the evil child haunts a range of texts and comes in a variety of forms, including changelings, ferals, and monstrous newborns. In this book, Renner illustrates how each subtype offers a different explanation for the problem of the “evil” child and adapts to changing historical circumstances and ideologies.

Keywords

evil child evil children popular culture horror childhood studies gothic

Authors and affiliations

  • Karen J. Renner
    • 1
  1. 1.Northern Arizona UniversityFlagstaffUSA

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