English 80K

Children's Literature: The Bad Seed: Monstrosity, Horror, and the Inhuman in Children’s Literature

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2020 Saha, Poulomi
TTh 12:30-2 50 Birge


From cannibalistic witches in the tales of the Grimm Brothers to sadistic parents in Roald Dahl, children's literature is riff with terrifying and troubling figures. This class will look at the forms of monstrosity, deviance, and horror that appear in a variety of texts and films oriented towards children to ask why it is that there is such pleasure in the perversion. We will think about the psychological, political, and cultural work of representations of violence, inhumanity, and the grotesque in a genre so often figured as cute, sweet, or safe. Authors may include Roald Dahl, Edward Gorey, V.C. Andrews, and Hans Christian Andersen.

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