Lost and Othered Children in Contemporary Cinema
Lost and Othered Children in Contemporary Cinema, edited by Debbie C. Olson and Andrew Scahill, is an edited collection that 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.
- Hardback | 358 pages
- 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 1,973.12g
- 18 May 2012
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Introduction by Debbie Olson & Andrew Scahill Chapter 1. "I See Dead People": Ghost-Seeing Children as Mediums and Mediators of Communication in Contemporary Horror Cinema. by Sage Leslie-McCarthy Chapter 2. "I Can't Go On, I Must Go On": How Jeliza Rose Meets Alice and the Dark Side of Childhood in Terry Gilliam's Tideland by Jayne Steel Chapter 3. Wednesday's Child: Adolescent Outsiders in Contemporary British Cinema by Stella M. Hockenhull Chapter 4. Wonka, Freud, and the Child Within: (Re)constructing lost childhood in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Adrian Schober Chapter 5. Representations of Childhood and Conflict in African Fiction Film by Christine Singer & Lindiwe Dovey Chapter 6. Pity the Child: Exploring Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Gummo (1997) by Sarah E. S. Sinwell Chapter 7. The Ideal Immigrant is a Child: Michou d'Auber and the Politics of Immigration in France by Nicole Beth Wallenbrock Chapter 8. "It's All For You, Damien!": Oedipal Horror and Racial Privilege in The Omen Series by Andrew Scahill Chapter 9. Little Rebels in Mao's Era: Representing Children of the Past in Zhang Yuan's Little Red Flowers (Yuan Zhang, 2006) by Kiu-wai Chu Chapter 10. "Batteries Have Run Out": Ken Loach's Sweet Sixteen by Gilles Chamerois Chapter 11. A Krank's Dream: Conflicts Between Form and Narrative in City of Lost Children by Carolyn Salvi Chapter 12. Childhood, Ghost Images, and the Heterotopian Spaces of Cinema: The Child as Medium in The Others by Christian Stewen Chapter 13. The Hitchcock Imp: Children and the Hyperreal in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963) by Debbie Olson Chapter 14. Experiencing Huzun Through the Loss of Life, Limbs, and Love in Turtles Can Fly by Fran Hassencahl
This new volume offers insightful analyses of troubled and troubling children in the movies. Olson and Scahill have collected an impressive array of scholarship, focusing not just on how the child is figured in Western horror and fantasy traditions, but also within African, Asian, and Middle Eastern contexts. This volume will be of interest to anyone studying film genre, the sociocultural constructions of childhood, and the vagaries of globalization. -- Harry Benshoff, University of North Texas The explosion of childhood studies benefits all of us, directing us to see familiar texts in new ways. Why does the figure of the lost or different child affect us? Ambiguous, threatening, pitiful, too familiar...these children wander through our films out of and into our imaginations. Lost and Othered Children in Contemporary Cinema is an excellent and provocative collection that will stimulate further insights, and hopefully more research, into the use and abuse of the figure of the child. -- Janet Staiger, University of Texas at Austin Here is an excellent, invigorating collection dealing with children in the cinema, specifically, children who do not seem to fit into the normal family scenario. Olson (Univ. of Texas, Arlington) and Scahill (George Mason Univ.) have collected a wide variety of essays that deal with, among other things, children in horror films; "adolescent outsiders" in modern British cinema; Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; the Omen series of horror films; the controversial Harmony Korine film Gummo; and Ken Loach's film Sweet Sixteen. Also discussed are The Birds, City of Lost Children, and other key films that offer fragmented, disturbing visions of childhood in the cinema. The lack of stills is a drawback, but the essays are clear, well written, and absolutely knowledgeable (vis-a-vis the various films, filmmakers, and thematic obsessions they pursue). The book as a whole offers the reader a comprehensive overview of the children who really "don't belong" anywhere, often through no fault of their own. This is meticulously detailed scholarship covering a wide range of topics. A valuable resource for those interested in this aspect of film aesthetics and history. Summing Up: Highly recommended. CHOICE
About Debbie C. Olson
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.