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Reading in the DarkHorror in Children's Literature and Culture$
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Jessica R. McCort

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496806444

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2018

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496806444.001.0001

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Didactic Monstrosity and Postmodern Revisionism in Contemporary Children’s Films

Didactic Monstrosity and Postmodern Revisionism in Contemporary Children’s Films

(p.147) Didactic Monstrosity and Postmodern Revisionism in Contemporary Children’s Films
Reading in the Dark

Peter C. Kunze

University Press of Mississippi

Peter C. Kunze investigates films for children that engage elements of horror, concentrating on the intersection between postmodernism and children’s cinema. Closely examining two films in which the monstrous is a key aspect of the films’ aesthetic, Shrek and Monsters, Inc., Kunze examines the postmodern aspects of these films, considering their revisionary stance, their use of double address, and their allusive nature. As the essay progresses, he hones in on the narrative construction of the monster in these films and the processes by which they revise monstrosity. Kunze demonstrates, overall, that these films illustrate for the child viewer “the benefits of confronting the Other not to destroy it, but to appreciate it and work towards mutual understanding” and offers a useful methodology for thinking about the monster in children’s books and films targeted toward the young that have been produced during the new millennium.

Keywords:   Postmodernism, Children’s Films, Shrek, Monsters Inc., Monstrous, Monsters

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