Children's literature today is dominated by the gothic mode, and it is in children's gothic fictions that we find the implications of cultural change most radically questioned and explored. This collection of essays looks at what is happening in the children's Gothic now when traditional monsters have become the heroes, when new monsters have come into play, when globalisation brings Harry Potter into China and yaoguai into the children's Gothic, and when childhood itself and children's literature as a genre can no longer be thought of as an uncontested space apart from the debates and power struggles of an adult domain. We look in detail at series such as The Mortal Instruments, Twilight, Chaos Walking, The Power of Five, Skulduggery Pleasant, and Cirque du Freak; at novels about witches and novels about changelings; at the Gothic in China, Japan and Oceania; and at authors including Celia Rees, Frances Hardinge, Alan Garner and Laini Taylor amongst many others. At a time when the energies and anxieties of children's novels can barely be contained anymore within the genre of children's literature, spilling over into YA and adult literature, we need to pay attention. Weird things are happening and they matter.
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
Introduction Karen Coats and Anna Jackson 1. Gothicising History and Historicising the Gothic in Celia Rees' Young Adult Fiction Catherine Spooner 2. "Do Panic. They’re Coming:" Remaking the Weird in Contemporary Children’s Fiction Chloe Buckley 3. The Witch in Contemporary Children’s Gothic David Punter 4. On Faery Geoff Miles 5. Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and the Contemporary Ghost Child Angelina Sbroma 6. Adolescent Angels and Demons: The Religious Imagination in YA Dark Fantasy Rebecca Wigginton 7. "Mind to Mind:" Multiple Narrators and the Loss of Privacy in Twilight and Chaos Walking Alexandra Valint 8. Darren Shan’s Cirque du Freak Series and the Post-9/11 Adolescent Male Gothic Philip Serrato 9. "Because I am dead, I can take off my head": The Body, Death, and Transformation in Tim Burton's Films Jeffrey Weinstock 10. Alan Garner’s Boneland and the Rise (once again) of Regional Gothic Tim Jones