Nursery Realms: Children in the Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

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Gary Westfahl, George Edgar Slusser
University of Georgia Press, 1999 - 223 páginas
Child characters are surprisingly common in horror, fantasy, and science fiction literature and films. Children represent innocence and virtue and symbolize the classic question of fantastic literature: What is the future of the human race, and how will science and society improve or impair that future? This collection of essays explores the roles of children in the literature and film of the fantastic. The works vary in critical approach from textual analyses to psychological, historical, and gender- and ethnicity-based interpretations and draw their subject matter from contemporary and classic literary and film pieces.

"The Triumph of Teen Prop: Terminator II and the End of History" is a playful discussion of teen propaganda movies and social issues. "E.T. as Fairy Tale" examines how Stephen Spielberg's combination of science fiction, fantasy, and fairy tale elements blends logic and childhood magic. Howard M. Lenhoff connects mythical creatures with biology in "A Real-World Source for the 'Little People': A Comparison of Fairies to Individuals with Williams Syndrome." The literary selection ranges from Alida Allison's study of childhood in Isaac Bashevis Singer's writings to Bud Foote's interpretation of childhood roles in the characters of selected Stephen King works. Other essays consider Henry James's The Turn of the Screw, Anne Rice's The Witching Hour, and the childhood classic Peter Pan.

 

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The Pleasures of Disempowerment in Fantasy and Science Fiction
3
Context
20
Mediating
29
Terminator II and the End of History
48
Enders Game and the Mythic Universe of Science Fiction
73
The Child as Alien
91
Überkinder and the Burden of the Future
100
E T as Fairy Tale
111
Fact Faith and Fantasy in Isaac Bashevis Singers
142
A Comparison of Fairies to Individuals with
150
The SelfParenting Child in Walt Disney Animated Films
161
Nasty Boys Feminine Longing and Mourning the Mother in J M Barries Peter Pan
171
Unsealing Sense in The Turn of the Screw
185
Stephen Kings The Shining The Stand and
200
Contributors
211
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Child Vision in the Fantasy of George MacDonald
131

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The Myth of Evil
Phillip Cole
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Gary Westfahl teaches at the University of California, Riverside. George Slusser is a professor of comparative literature and director of the Eaton Program for Science Fiction and Fantasy Studies at the University of California, Riverside.

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