112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Reanimating the Child: Children's Media and the Macabre I

Session Chair: 
David John Boyd, University of Glasgow (Scotland)
Session 9: 9:00-10:30am
RCC Meeting Room 10


  1. Megan Troutman, University of Arkansas
    Children's animated horror films recycle Universal monster tropes, as well as re-appropriate domestic elements as horrific in order to create films that are not simple and/or didactic, but rather engage with mainstream horror elements and create terror within their films as well as in their audiences. 
  2. Derek Pedersen, Metropolitan State University of Denver
    This paper will examine the relationship between ritual and play, specifically in an analysis of the history of Tarot cards, card games, and its more contemporary form, Magic: The Gathering
  3. Karla Cordero, San Diego City College
    In the book Frankenstein A Monstrous Parody, Ludworst Bemonster transforms the classic tale of Frankenstein into a satire filled with adolescent monsters. Bemonster’s characters symbolize the traumatic experiences children encounter throughout adolescence. The monsters embody the macabre as they are forced to leave innocence and enter a state of experience.
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