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Horrifying Children : Hauntology and the Legacy of Children’s Television

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Horrifying Children examines weird and eerie children’s television and literature via critical analysis, memoir and autoethnography. There has been an explosion of interest in the impact of children’s television and literature of the late twentieth century.

In particular, the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s are seen as decades that shaped a great deal of the contemporary cultural landscape.

Television of this period dominated the world of childhood entertainment, drawing freely upon literature and popular culture, like the Garbage Pail Kids and Stranger Things, and much of it continues to resonate powerfully with the generation of cultural producers (fiction writers, screenwriters, directors, musicians and artists) that grew up watching the weird, the eerie and the horrific: the essence of 21st-century Hauntology.

In these terms this book is not about children’s television as it exists now, but rather as it features as a facet of memory in the 21st century.

As such it is the legacy of these television programmes that is at the core of Horrifying Children.

The ‘haunting’ of adults by what we have seen on the screen is crucial to the study.

This collection directly addresses that which ‘scared us’ in the past insomuch as there is a correlation between individual and collective cultural memory, with some chapters providing an opportunity for situating existing explorations and understandings of Gothic and Horror TV within a hauntological and experiential framework.

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Product Details
Bloomsbury Academic USA
1501390562 / 9781501390562
United States
272 pages
23 cm