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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.
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 Hüzün 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-à-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 Reviews