Studies in Literature, Film and New Media
CHAPTER NINE: Ghosts and Their Stories in Children’s Fiction
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Ghosts and Their Stories in Children’s Fiction
The Gothic mode informs many phenomena in children’s literature and culture—which is amply testified by the popularity of wizards, vampires and monsters among young people today. The claim that “in children’s literature today, the Gothic is mainstream” seems entirely justified (Jackson et al. 2009: 1). In its long history the Gothic has developed such a variety of conventions that it does not appear feasible to consider it as a unified genre but seems much more practicable to treat it as a rather heterogeneous suprageneological category or mode which, owing to its popularity, spreads its features throughout many literary texts and other cultural phenomena, such as films, games, music, or fashions.1
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