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


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.


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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