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The Uncanny Child in Transnational Cinema illustrates how global horror film depictions of children re-conceptualised childhood at the turn of the twenty-first century. By analysing an influential body of transnational horror films, largely stemming from Spain, Japan, and the US, Jessica Balanzategui shows how millennial uncanny child characters resist embodying growth and futurity, unravelling concepts to which the child's symbolic function is typically bound. The book proposes that complex cultural and industrial shifts at the turn of the millennium resulted in these potent cinematic renegotiations of the concept of childhood. By demonstrating both the culturally specific and globally resonant properties of these frightening visions of children who refuse to grow up, the book outlines the conceptual and aesthetic mechanisms by which long entrenched ideologies of futurity, national progress, and teleological history started to waver at the turn of the twenty-first century.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 9-32
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  1. Section 1. Secrets and Hieroglyphs: The Uncanny Child in American Horror Film
  1. 1. The Child and Adult Trauma in American Horror of the 1980s
  2. pp. 32-66
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  1. 2. The Uncanny Child of the Millennial Turn
  2. pp. 67-92
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  1. Section 2. Insects Trapped in Amber: The Uncanny Child in Spanish Horror Film
  1. 3. The Child and Spanish Historical Trauma
  2. pp. 93-120
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  1. 4. The Child Seer and the Allegorical Moment in Millennial Spanish Horror Cinema
  2. pp. 121-152
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  1. Section 3. Our Fear Has Taken on a Life of Its Own: The Uncanny Child in Japanese Horror Film
  1. 5. The Child and Japanese National Trauma
  2. pp. 153-184
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  1. 6. The Prosthetic Traumas of the Internal Alien in Millennial J-Horror
  2. pp. 185-216
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  1. Section 4. Trauma's Child: The Uncanny Child in Transnational Coproductions and Remakes
  1. 7. The Transnational Uncanny Child
  2. pp. 217-240
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  1. 8. Progress and Decay in the 21st Century
  2. pp. 241-264
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  1. 9. ‘Round and round, the world keeps spinning. When it stops, it’s just beginning’
  2. pp. 265-282
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 283-288
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 289-306
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  1. Filmography
  2. pp. 307-312
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  1. Artworks
  2. pp. 313-314
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  1. Music
  2. pp. 315-316
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  1. Film Index (by Country)
  2. pp. 317-320
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 321-332
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  1. Series Titles
  2. pp. 333-340
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789048537792
Related ISBN
9789462986510
MARC Record
OCLC
1175941133
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2020-07-22
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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