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New Directions in Children's Gothic: Debatable Lands / Edition 1

New Directions in Children's Gothic: Debatable Lands / Edition 1

by Anna JacksonAnna Jackson


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This volume compliments The Gothic in Children’s Literature (2007), which addressed a gap in the critical literature between adult Gothic narrative and children’s and young adult literature in the Gothic tradition, discussing the early intersection of the genres and the contemporary manifestations of the gothic impulse. The dramatic uptake of the Gothic in children’s publishing since then necessitates revisiting and updating those intersections, and this new collection offers an analysis of the forms and function of the Gothic in children’s literature in the new millennium. Essays by key figures in the field explore the new face of the Gothic, considering in particular how and why this new Gothic has achieved such a strong presence in youth literature. The first decade of the 21st century has seen a publishing storm of vampire fiction and other paranormal fantasies bringing into the contemporary imagination new versions of fairies (or faeries), angels, demons, werewolves, zombies, ghosts and witches. These reimagined denizens of darkness have changed the look of youth literature, finding their way into literature for younger and younger children and quite literally dominating young adult literature. The volumes discusses how the Gothic characters of contemporary youth literature, rather than villains who violate the innocent, are as often as not misunderstood heroes, lost souls looking for redemption, even harbingers of a more expansive definition of what it means to be human. It asks how this type of literature helps readers contextualize and understand their psychological and social environments during periods of individual growth, cultural change, global terror, and economic uncertainty. Mapping the 21st century landscape of the Gothic in youth literature, this book will contribute to the fields of children’s literature, gothic studies, and YA fantasy, and the dystopic aspects of contemporary writing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138905474
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/24/2017
Series: Children's Literature and Culture
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Anna Jackson is Associate Professor (Reader) in English at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Publications include Diary Poetics: Form and Style in Writers' Diaries 1915-1962 (Routledge, 2010), British Juvenile Fiction 1850-1950: The Age of Adolescence, co-authored with Charles Ferrall (Routledge, 2009), and The Gothic in Children's Literature: Haunting the Borders, co-edited with Karen Coats and Rod McGillis (Routledge, 2007).

Table of Contents



  1. ‘Do Panic. They’re Coming:’ Remaking the Weird in contemporary children’s fiction
  2. Chloe Buckley

  3. Cuckoo Songs: The Changeling as Hero
  4. Geoffrey Miles

  5. ‘These are troubling, confusing times’: Darren Shan’s Cirque du Freak as Post-9/11 Gothic
  6. Philip Serrato

  7. Figuring the Witch.
  8. David Punter

  9. Ghostly Vestiges of Strange Tales: Horror, History and the Haunted Chinese Child
  10. You Chengcheng

  11. Girls in Lace Dresses: The Intersections of Gothic in Japanese Youth Fiction and Fashion
  12. Emerald L. King and Lucy Fraser

  13. The Gothic in Oceania
  14. Erin Mercer

  15. ‘The Gothic is part of history, just as history is part of the Gothic’: Gothicising History and Historicising the Gothic in Celia Rees' Young Adult Fiction
  16. Catherine Spooner

  17. Adolescent Angels and Demons: The Religious Imagination in Young Adult Gothic Literature
  18. Rebecca Wigginton

  19. ‘Mind to Mind’: The Gothic Loss of Privacy in the Twilight Saga and Chaos Walking Trilogy
  20. Alexandra Valint

  21. ‘THIS HILL IS STILL DANGEROUS’: Alan Garner’s Weirdstone Trilogy – A Hauntology

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