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The Artistry of Neil GaimanFinding Light in the Shadows$
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Joseph Michael Sommers and Kyle Eveleth

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496821645

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496821645.001.0001

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“Evil Witch! I’m Not Scared!”

“Evil Witch! I’m Not Scared!”

Monstrous Visualizations of the Other Mother in Multimodal Adaptations of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline

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(p.93) “Evil Witch! I’m Not Scared!”
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The Artistry of Neil Gaiman
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Justin Wigard

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496821645.003.0006

In this chapter, Justin Wigard bridges a gap in research on Coraline by focusing on the visual semiotics of the narrative across its adaptations, specifically by examining the intertextual connections between McKean's surreal and monochromatic illustrations in Gaiman's novel, David Russell's comic book adaptation grounded both in realism and a muted pastel color palette, and Henry Selick's garishly, brightly colored film adaptation. The dominant discourse surrounding the canonical children's text has keyed in to the novella's psychoanalytic underpinnings, Gothic conventions, and postfeminist ideology while largely leaving out discussion of the visual aspectsofGaiman's novella, namely McKean's illustrations. When examined intertextually, the illustrative styles used to depict the Other Mother give insight into what monstrous traits are emphasized through medium-specific visualization techniques, ultimately revealing the fears that the Other Mother embodies through visual semiotics.

Keywords:   Intertextualism, Adaptation, Henry Selick, The Other Mother, psychoanalysis and Gothicism

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