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Nursery Realms Gary Westfahl

Nursery Realms

Gary Westfahl

Published August 1st 1999
ISBN : 9780820320953
Hardcover
232 pages
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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 howMoreChild 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 Steven Spielbergs 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 Allisons study of childhood in Isaac Bashevis Singers writings to Bud Footes interpretation of childhood roles in the characters of selected Stephen King works. Other essays consider Henry Jamess The Turn of the Screw, Anne Rices The Witching Hour, and the Childhood classic Peter Pan.