Lost and Othered Children in Contemporary Cinema

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Debbie C. Olson, Andrew Scahill
Lexington Books, May 18, 2012 - Performing Arts - 330 pages
Children have been a part of the cinematic landscape since the silent film era, yet children are rarely a part of the theoretical landscape of film analysis. Lost and Othered Children in Contemporary Cinema, edited by Debbie C. Olson and Andrew Scahill, seeks to remedy that oversight. Throughout the over one-hundred year history of cinema, the image of the child has been inextricably bound to filmic storytelling and has been equally bound to notions of romantic innocence and purity. This collection reveals, however, that there is a body of work that provides a counter note of darkness to the traditional portraits of sweetness and light. Particularly since the mid-twentieth century, there are a growing number of cinematic works that depict childhood has as a site of knowingness, despair, sexuality, death, and madness. Lost and Othered Children in Contemporary Cinema challenges notions of the innocent child through an exploration of the dark side of childhood in contemporary cinema. The contributors to this multidisciplinary study offer a global perspective that explores the multiple conditions of marginalized childhood as cinematically imagined within political, geographical, sociological, and cultural contexts.
 

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Contents

GhostSeeing Children as Mediums and Mediators of Communication in Contemporary Horror Cinema
1
How JelizaRose Meets Alice and the Dark Side of Childhood in Terry Gilliams Tideland
19
Adolescent Outsiders in Contemporary British Cinema
47
Reconstructing Lost Childhood in Tim Burtons Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
67
Oedipal Horror and Racial Privilege in The Omen Series
95
Race Class Gender and Sexuality in Gummo
107
Michou dAuber and the Politics of Immigration in France
123
Johnny Mad Dog Ezra and Sleepwalking Land
151
Ken Loachs Sweet Sixteen
199
Epistemology Aesthetics and Ideology in The City of Lost Children
235
The Child as Medium in The Others
265
Children and the Hyperreal in Alfred Hitchcocks The Birds
287
Chapter 14 EXPERIENCING HÜZÜNPOOCH THROUGH THE LOSS OF LIFE LIMB AND LOVE IN TURTLES CAN FLY
307
INDEX
327
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
335
Copyright

Representation of Childhood during Maos Era in Little Red Flowers
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About the author (2012)

Debbie C. Olson is a PhD candidate at Oklahoma State University and lecturer at University of Texas at Arlington.

Andrew Scahill is assistant professor in the Department of English at George Mason University.

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