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Under the Bed, Creeping: Psychoanalyzing the Gothic in Childrens Literature Michael Howarth

Under the Bed, Creeping: Psychoanalyzing the Gothic in Childrens Literature

Michael Howarth

Published July 29th 2014
ISBN : 9781306734172
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195 pages
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 About the Book 

From Puritan tracts and chapbooks to fairy tales and Victorian poems, from zombies and werewolves to ghosts and vampires, the gothic has become an important part of childrens literature. This book explores how Gothicism is crucial in helpingMoreFrom Puritan tracts and chapbooks to fairy tales and Victorian poems, from zombies and werewolves to ghosts and vampires, the gothic has become an important part of childrens literature. This book explores how Gothicism is crucial in helping children progress through different stages of growth and development. It examines five famous texts--Christina Rossettis Goblin Market, Carlo Collodis Pinocchio, Neil Gaimans Coraline, three versions of Little Red Riding Hood, and J.M. Barries play and then novel Peter and Wendy--incorporating renowned psychologist Erik Eriksons landmark theories on psychosocial stages of development. By linking a particular stage to each of the aforementioned texts, it becomes clearer how anxiety and terror are just as important as happiness and wonder in fostering maturity, achieving a sense of independence and fulfilling ones self-identity. Gothic elements give shape to childrens fears, which is precisely how children are able to defeat them, and through their interactions with the ghosts and goblins that inhabit fantasy worlds, children come to better understand their own world, as well as their own lives.