Representations Of Childhood Death

Overview

Recent events such as the massacres in Dunblane and Arkansas, the deaths of children in terrorist attacks, civil wars and famines, children born with AIDS, and the many abductions and murders of children--including some by children--have placed childhood death firmly in the public consciousness. But how do we understand what it means for a child to die? This book examines the way the deaths of children have been dealt with at different times and in different media. Each contributor has focused on a different way ...

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Overview

Recent events such as the massacres in Dunblane and Arkansas, the deaths of children in terrorist attacks, civil wars and famines, children born with AIDS, and the many abductions and murders of children--including some by children--have placed childhood death firmly in the public consciousness. But how do we understand what it means for a child to die? This book examines the way the deaths of children have been dealt with at different times and in different media. Each contributor has focused on a different way of representing the deaths of children--from superstitions about malign child ghosts through mothers' diaries to horror fiction--and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312224080
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Gillian Avery is a historian of children's literature.

Kimberley Reynolds is Reader in Children's Literature and Director of the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature at Roehampton Institute, London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction--Gillian Avery & Kimberly Reynolds
• The Folklore of Infant Deaths--Jacqueline Simpson
• Child Death in British and North American Ballads from the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Centuries--Vic Gammon
• '[An] Impe entombed here doth lie': The Bedford Triptych and Child Memorials in Post-Reformation England--Nigel Llewellyn
• 'A heart terrifying sorrow': The Deaths of Children in Seventeenth-Century Women's Manuscript Journals--Elizabeth Clarke
• Intimations of Immortality: The Puritan and Evangelical Message to Children--Gillian Avery
• 'Ye careless, thoughtless, worldly parents, tremble while you read this history!': The Use and Abuse of the Dying Child in the Evangelical Tradition--Elisabeth Jay
• Children's Death in Dickens: A Chapter in the History of Taste--A.O.J. Cockshut
• Freidruch Ruckert's Kindertotenlieder --Eda Sagarra
• Fatal Fantasies: The Death of Children in Victorian and Edwardian Fantasy Writing--Kimberly Reynolds
• Dead Rite: Adolescent Horror Fiction and Death--Kevin McCarron
• Reflexions on Dead Children in the Cinema and Why There are Not More of Them--John O. Thompson
• Death, Sex and God: Sociological and Religious Accounts of the Death of the Young--Paul Yates
• Conclusion: Grieving Parents, Grieving Children--Dr. Janet Goodall
• Index

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