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Hogwarts and All

Gothic Perspectives on Children’s Literature

Gregory G. Pepetone

Hogwarts and All explores modern children’s literature from its origins in the nineteenth-century cult of childhood, a cultural movement inseparable from Christian theology. From the Kunstmärchen (adult fairy tales) of late-eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century German romanticism through Charles Dickens, J. R. R. Tolkien, and J. K. Rowling, this genre, like all gothic arts, has served as an alternative cultural perspective to that of scientific materialism. Its benignly subversive message is that a civilization that abandons its commitment to the childlike values of wonder, trust, sacrificial love, spontaneity, vulnerability, and faith in radical possibilities for peace, social justice, and human happiness – all qualities endorsed by Ray Bradbury, Susan Cooper, Madeleine L’Engle, and other authors discussed in this volume – is a civilization at risk.

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Index A Abrams, M. H., 12 Natural Supernaturalism, 150, 211 Adler, Mortimer: The Angels and Us, 84 Alternate Realities, 176 Ambiguity, 159 Anelli, Melissa: Harry, A History, 126 B Bach, J. S., 118 Barber, Antonia, 170, 174 The Amazing Mr. Blunden, 12, 20, 69-80 Barzun, Jacques: The Use and Abuse of Art, 220 Barrie, James: Peter Pan, 221 Becker, Ernest: The Denial of Death, 53, 63 Beethoven, Ludwig, 110 Bildungsreisse, 12 Bildungsroman (Novel of Education), 211 Bloom, Alan, 224 Bradbury, Ray, 53-54, 170, 174, 221 A Graveyard of Lunatics, 55 Dandelion Wine, 55 Something Wicked This Way Comes, 58 The Halloween Tree, 56-66, 179, 219, 222 It Came from Outer Space, 54 The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, 54 Brontë, Charlotte, 188, 211 Jane Eyre, 24 Vilette, 212 Brontë, Emily: Wurthering Heights, 118 C Capitalism, 15-17 Chaney, Lon Jr., 188 Chesterton, G. K., 16, 24, 27, 141 Christianity, 13 Pacifism, 179-180, 203, 215-216 Christopher, John, 172 Sword of the Spirits Trilogy, 91-112, 179, 216 Clement of Alexandria, 65, 85 Cold War, 168-169 Cooper, Susan, 170, 174 The Dark is Rising, 26, 33-52, 188, 195, 221 The Grey King, 40, Silver on the Tree, 45, 50 The Seeker, 51-52 Crossan, John Dominic, 126, 217 God and Empire, 95, 107, 140-141, 149 Cult of Childhood, 68-69, 146, 214, 223- 226 D Dante, Alighieri: Divine Comedy, 79, 100, 150 Davies, Paul: God and the New Physics, 69 Davies, Valentine: Miracle on 34th Street, 17 Denial, 18, 52-55, 222, 224 Dickens, Charles, 206, 220,...

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