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

Presiding Officer: 
David John Boyd, University of Glasgow (Scotland)

The first decade of the twenty-first century has seen a tremendous influx of children's animation and culture that dwells on death, the occult, and the macabre. While Japanese illustrators and animators have produced many examples of this type of children's media (specifically through the genre they call yokai shonen or "adventurous ghost stories"), American alternatives also include The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy (2003-2008), ParaNorman (2012), Coraline (2009), Frankenweenie (2012), and various children's games. The popularity of this macabre mode seems to address not just a child's perception of loss, death and grieving, but also more expansive post-human anxieties concerning finitude, agency, and otherness.

Closed (not accepting submissions)
Topic Type: 
Special Session