Happy Summer—stock up and save 30% on Palgrave books, eBooks & journals! Shop now >>

Critical Approaches to Children's Literature

Cruel Children in Popular Texts and Cultures

Editors: Flegel, Monica, Parkes, Christopher (Eds.)

Free Preview
  • Moves beyond extreme representations of child malevolence, to examine a wider cross-section of texts encompassing sibling rivalry, bullying, and manipulation
  • Presents the cruel child not simply as an adult fear, but also as an important figure in child education and culture
  • Has relevance for Education, Queer Studies, Women’s Studies, Cultural Studies, and Media Studies
see more benefits

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-72275-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-72274-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-030-10179-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
About this book

This book explores how alarmist social discourses about 'cruel' young people fail to recognize the complexity of cruelty and the role it plays in child agency. Examining representations of cruel young people in popular texts and popular culture, the collected essays demonstrate how gender, race, and class influence who gets labeled 'cruel' and which actions are viewed as negative, aggressive, and disruptive. It shows how representations of cruel young people negotiate the violence that shadows polite society, and how narratives of cruelty and aggression are used to affirm, or to deny, young people’s agency.

About the authors

Monica Flegel is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Lakehead University, Canada. Her research focuses on cultural studies, specifically addressing children, animals, and pop culture and fandom. She is the author of Pets and Domesticity in Victorian Literature and Culture (2015).

Christopher Parkes is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Lakehead University, Canada. His research focuses on children’s literature. He is the author of Children’s Literature and Capitalism: Fictions of Social Mobility in Britain, 1850-1914 (Palgrave, 2012).  His current research focuses on YA fiction and the end of social mobility in America.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • The Social Function of Child Cruelty

    Pages 1-14

    Flegel, Monica (et al.)

  • “This Sport of Tormenting”: Cruel Children and Their Animals in British Literature, 1750–1800

    Pages 17-40

    Ladd, Heather

  • Innocent Cruelty and the Love of Beauty in Oscar Wilde’s Fairy Tales

    Pages 41-59

    Flegel, Monica

  • Anne Is Angry: Female Beauty and the Transformative Power of Cruelty in L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables

    Pages 61-77

    Parkes, Christopher

  • Old-School Bullies at Hogwarts: The Pre-Victorian Roots of J. K. Rowling’s Depiction of Child-on-Child Violence

    Pages 81-103

    Kittredge, Katharine (et al.)

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-72275-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-72274-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-030-10179-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

Services for this book

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cruel Children in Popular Texts and Cultures
Editors
  • Monica Flegel
  • Christopher Parkes
Series Title
Critical Approaches to Children's Literature
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-72275-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-72275-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-72274-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-10179-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 312
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations
Topics