Monstrous Children and Childish Monsters : Essays on Cinema's Holy Terrors

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Synopsis: Perhaps because of the wisdom received from our Romantic forbears about the purity of the child, depictions of children as monsters have held a tremendous fascination for film audiences for decades. Numerous social factors have influenced the popularity and longevity of the monster-child trope but its appeal is also rooted in the dual concepts of the child-like (innocent, angelic) and the childish (selfish, mischievous). This collection of fresh essays discusses the representation of monstrous children in popular cinema since the 1950s, with a focus on the relationship between monstrosity and "childness," a term whose implications the contributors explore.

About the Author: Markus P.J. Bohlmann is professor of English at Seneca College, Toronto. He is on the editorial board for Red Feather Journal: An International Journal of Children's Popular Culture and Children and Youth in Popular Culture.

Sean Moreland has published numerous essays, primarily on literary and cinematic horror, as well as poetry and short fiction. He is chief editor of Postscripts to Darkness (pstdarkness.com), and is on the editorial board for the Edgar Allan Poe Review.

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