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.
The 'evil child' has infiltrated the cultural imagination, taking on prominent roles in popular films, television shows and literature. This collection of essays from a global range of scholars examines a fascinating array of evil children and the cultural work that they perform, drawing upon sociohistorical, cinematic, and psychological approaches. The chapters explore a wide range of characters including Tom Riddle in the Harry Potter series, the possessed Regan in William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist, the monstrous Ben in Doris Lessing’s The Fifth Child, the hostile fetuses of Rosemary’s Baby and Alien, and even the tiny terrors featured in the reality television series Supernanny. Contributors also analyse various themes and issues within film, literature and popular culture including ethics, representations of evil and critiques of society.
This book was originally published as two special issues of Literature Interpretation Theory.
Tired of hearing your child ask, “Mum! Dad! What are we doing today?” Have you run out of ideas for entertaining your kids at the weekend? Are you sick and tired of visiting the same old places? If your answer to these questions is “YES!” then Fun for Kids in Singapore is for you! This third edition of Fun for Kids in Singapore addresses the ever-increasing demand for information about children’s activities and interests in Singapore. You will be surprised to find out how much there is to do. This book will dispel, once and for all, the myth that Singapore is boring!