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Once Upon a Time in a Dark and Scary Book : The Messages of Horror Literature for Children - (Paperback)

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This book examines the messages in horror literature for children: that children are meant to be in danger, undefended, alone, and without adult protection or assistance; that childhood is meant to be horrible and horrifying; and that evil can never be defeated, as the monster always wins. It defines horror fiction as any fiction that causes or is intended to horrify or unsettle its audience, focusing on those narratives in which the child is the intended and unprotected victim; the child’s world is disordered; evil, the cause of the fear, remains unchanged, undefeated, or unconquered; and order and normality are not restored unless the status quo is defined as a state of perpetual threat. It discusses early American writers who use threats and frightening stories to teach children to fear God, the devil, death, and sin; the use of horror narratives by the antebellum American Temperance movement to proselytize sobriety; Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat; and contemporary popular American horror literature for children, both secular and religious. Annotation ©2018 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 201
Genre: Literary Criticism
Format: Paperback
Publisher: McFarland Publishing
Author: K. Shryock Hood
Language: English
Street Date: May 18, 2018
TCIN: 53683040
UPC: 9781476673462
Item Number (DPCI): 248-36-1606
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