Little Horrors: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Anomalous Children and the Construction of Monstrosity

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Little Horrors: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Anomalous Children and the Construction of Monstrosity

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Edited by Simon Bacon and Leo Ruickbie

Year: 2016

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Have we entered the age of the monstrous child, the little horror; or have we just re-discovered it anew?

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Gone is the innocence of childhood enshrined in some imagined Golden Age. Have we entered the age of the monstrous child, the little horror; or have we just re-discovered it anew? This volume raises questions at the heart of society and culture, and through an interdisciplinary, trans-cultural analysis presents important findings on socio-cultural representations and embodiments of the child and childhood. At the start of the 21st century, new anxieties constellate around the child and childhood, whilst older concerns have re-emerged, mutated and grown stronger. This volume studies the ‘problem’ child, both factual and fictional, through varying historical periods and cultures, to whether it is the child or the society that makes them that is truly monstrous.

Introduction
Simon Bacon and Leo Ruickbie

Part I Paranormal Little Horrors

The Naughty Little Children: The Paranormal and Teenagers
Renaud Evrard

The Possession of John Starkie
Joyce Froome

I Was a Real Teenage Werewolf: The 17th Century Witchcraft Trial of Jean Grenier
Leo Ruickbie

Evil Twins: Changing Perceptions of Twin Children and Witchcraft amongst Yoruba Speaking People
Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold

Part II Un/Dead Little Horrors

Imprints: Forming and Tracing the Malevolent Ghost-Child
Jen Baker

Undead Role Models: Why the Zombie Child Is Irresistible
Anthony Adams

Children for Ever! Monsters of Eternal Youth and the Reification of Childhood
Simon Bacon

‘Not a child. Not old. Not a boy. Not a girl’: Representing Childhood in Let the Right One In
Allison Moore

Part III Monstrous Little Horrors

Doli Incapax: Examining the Social, Psychological, Biological and Legal Implications of Age-Related Assumptions of Criminal Responsibility
Jacquelyn Bent and Theresa Porter

Deviance on Display: The Feral and the Monstrous Child
Gerd H. Hövelmann

Perverted Postmodern Pinocchios: Cannibalistic Vegetal-Children as Ecoterrorist Agents of
Maternal Imagination
Anna Kérchy

Part IV The Future of Little Horrors?

Black Eyed Kids and the Child Archetype
Brigid Burke

From the Monster to the Evil Sinthomosexual Child: Category Mixing, Temporality and Projection in Horror Movies
Marc Démont

Indigo Children: Unexpected Consequences of a Process of Pathologisation
Gerhard Mayer and Anita Brutler

Simon Bacon is an Independent Scholar based in Poznan, Poland. His main area of research is the vampire, and other creatures of the night, in popular culture and has recently co-edited books on Undead Memory: Vampires and Human Memory in Popular Culture (2014) and Seductive Concepts: Perspectives on Sins, Vices and Virtues (2014) and is currently working on a monograph Becoming Vampire.

Leo Ruickbie was awarded a PhD for his thesis on the sociology of contemporary witchcraft. With a scholarly interest in all things paranormal, he is the author of four books to date: Witchcraft Out of the Shadows: A Complete History (2004); Faustus: The Life and Times of a Renaissance Magician (2009); A Brief Guide to the Supernatural (2012); and A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting (2013). In addition, he is the editor of the Paranormal Review, the magazine of Society for Psychical Research. He is also a council member of the Gesellschaft für Anomalistik.