The Gothic in Children's Literature: Haunting the Borders

1st Edition

Anna Jackson, Roderick McGillis, Karen Coats

Routledge
Published October 19, 2009
Reference - 256 Pages
ISBN 9780415875745 - CAT# Y106337
Series: Children's Literature and Culture

For Instructors Request Inspection Copy

was $53.95

USD$43.16

SAVE ~$10.79

Add to Wish List
FREE Standard Shipping!

Summary

From creepy picture books to Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket, the Spiderwick Chronicles, and countless vampire series for young adult readers, fear has become a dominant mode of entertainment for young readers. The last two decades have seen an enormous growth in the critical study of two very different genres, the Gothic and children’s literature.

The Gothic, concerned with the perverse and the forbidden, with adult sexuality and religious or metaphysical doubts and heresies, seems to represent everything that children’s literature, as a genre, was designed to keep out. Indeed, this does seem to be very much the way that children’s literature was marketed in the late eighteenth century, at exactly the same time that the Gothic was really taking off, written by the same women novelists who were responsible for the promotion of a safe and segregated children’s literature.

This collection examines the early intersection of the Gothic and children’s literature and the contemporary manifestations of the gothic impulse, revealing that Gothic elements can, in fact, be traced in children’s literature for as long as children have been reading.

Instructors

We provide complimentary e-inspection copies of primary textbooks to instructors considering our books for course adoption.

Request an
e-inspection copy

Share this Title