I occasionally like to read mysteries and even murder mysteries but I had no idea I had read so many children s books that contained murder My favorite part was the second half of the introductory chapter because that contained the type of content I expected to find in the book
the other chapters were interesting but often veered other chapters were interesting but often veered into subjects I wasn t uite as interested in reading about Then again I "LEARNED SOME INTERESTING YET UNEXPECTED FACTS "some interesting yet unexpected facts you know that during the Middle Ages in England and even later in some of the American colonies you could save yourself from hanging for a murder conviction just by proving you know how to read I had never heard of that It s called benefit of clergy It started as a protection for church officials but eventually stretched to anyone who could read or even those who could pretend to read because they had memorized the correct passage from the Bible So then the uestion is why were so many church officials committing murder or being accused of it that they needed a special protection for itSince there are no other reviews for this book here on Goodreads I m oing to include a list of the chapter titles I don t think I would have found this book uite as interesting if I hadn t already read most of the titles discussed before reading this bookIntro Once upon a crime homicide in American culture and popular children s literature from Bluebeard to Harry Potter1 You must kill her and bring me her lungs and liver as proof Snow White and the fact as well as fantasy of filicide2 The ueen had only one way of settling all difficulties off with his head Alice s adventures in Wonderland and the anti allows movement3 Swarthy sun tanned villainous looking fellows Tarzan of the apes and criminal anthropology4 A sixth sense seemed to tell her that she had encountered something unusual psychic sleuthing in the Nancy Drew mystery series5 How d you like that haircut to begin just below the chin juvenile delinuency teenager killers and a pulp aesthetic in the Outsiders6 My job is to make you a human being in the eyes of the jury confronting the dramatization and demonization of murder in Walter Dean Myers MonsterEpilogue Just because you don t have a pulse doesn t mean you can t be perky my so called death young adult zombie fiction and murder in the posthuman age This is probably one of the most intriguing books I ve read in my field no not the library field the other one in a long time Some of y all may know that I m just a real big fan of anythin. “Off with her head” decreed the ueen of Hearts one of a multitude of murderous villains. ,
Michelle Ann Abate ↠ 6 reviewTe the book when there was a reat debate in Great Britain about capital punishment She also points out that all civilized countries other than the United States have abolished capital punishment just as she had shown in the previous chapter the high rate of murders in the United States That is one of the places where we are number one In her next chapter she takes on Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Tarzan stories She points out how the racist view of blacks and animals were consistent with the Progressive movement s view of the white man s burden where Darwinism
Fed Into The Ideainto the idea the whites were superior to blacks The violence Tarzan inflicted on animals and blacks was justified because he was a white man of aristocratic birth and they were savages missing links if you will Her next chapter on Nancy Drew locates the intuition of Nancy in the time period of the thirties when spiritualism was popular She does talk about the stories reflecting their time in the racism involved For example she highlights the pidgin English of the Indian prince who would have been taught proper English but who in the Nancy Drew story talks like an American negro There is murder in some of the stories but even where there is not Nancy is freuently endangered by the bad uys It is her intuition that saves her This adds much to the analysis of the Nancy Drew stories Abate then makes the connection between The Outsiders and the pulp fiction that emerged between the wars She provides a fascinating summary of the history of the paperback book and the population it served and the relationship between pulp fiction the interest in juvenile delinuency and the time between wars as well as the war period She
Traces How Outsiders Reflectshow the Outsiders reflects ideas about juvenile delinuents as well as the clich s of the films of the time In her discussion of Monster in the next chapter she shows the ambiguity that Myers presents as to the extent of Steve s uilt She also makes the point that while showing that Steve is human and not clich of the bad kid the other characters in contrast fit the clich s This is a most subtle analysis She does recognize the post modern elements in the story both in terms of the form and of the ambiguity She uotes Jameson a Humanizing Big Data good bit in this section toood effect For her final chapter she talks about an area of which I know little which is the zombie literature Here she uotes Philip Pullman who says that unlike adult literature children s literature deals with significant moral uestions. First full length critical study of the pervasive theme of murder in children’s literatur. G bloody and murderous and taboo So it s really no surprise that I enjoyed this Writing about books such as The Gashlycrumb Tinies Alice in Wonderland George of the Jungle and Monster Abate takes a critical lens to murder and why it s being shown in the realm of children s literature After all isn t children s literature supposed to be on the purer side of things Ha HaAs children s literature has developed so
has what s been regarded as taboo and why Take for instance George of the Jungle and Alice in Wonderland Bothwhat s been regarded as taboo and why Take for instance George of the Jungle and Alice in Wonderland Both place in settings unlike our own There the taboo is perhaps normal Or is it With a monarchy and set social statuses in place is murder really the way to Bonds of Need (Wicked Play, go And how is that received Is it for aood cause And slowly but surely we move to The Gashlycrumb Tinies with a lot of ruesome deaths that are illustrated Edward Gorey has a penchant for drawing Weird things but heck this is an alphabet book But perhaps "it s funny and entertaining because it plays on taboo not in spite of it And then we move "s funny and entertaining because it plays on taboo not in spite of it And then we move contemporary works such as Walter Dean Myers Monster where the main character stands accused as an accomplice to a murder Did he do it Why How do we feel about him with all the complicated layers of race and class and urban life added on Do we feel empathy Is that up to us Overall it s just a hugely interesting read that takes care to o through a syllabus of classic books in order to track trends throughout the homicide tradition Definitely worth a readReview cross listed here This is an absorbing book The literary analysis is embedded in an historical and social context Therefore
when Abate talks about Snow White and the murderous feelings herAbate talks about Snow White and the murderous feelings her mother has for her she makes the point that many parents want to murder their children In the period when the story originated many women died in childbirth and their husbands remarried Step mothers did not care for the children born of first wives in the same way that they did their own She also provides the data about the number of children abused and murdered by their parents Where filicide is concerned women are likely to be the murderers The number of different ways in which the step mother attempts to murder Snow White show how deeply her urges went and how much her power rested on her being the fairest of them all Her dancing in red hot shoes seems proper punishment Abate then oes on to discuss the red ueen in Alice in Wonderland and her solution of off with everyone s heads She makes the point that Carroll wro. Populating the pages of children’s literature explored in this volume Bloody Murder is the. .