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Childhood in Animation: Navigating a Secret World (Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies)

Childhood in Animation: Navigating a Secret World (Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies)

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Publication Date: August 1st, 2024


Childhood in Animation: Navigating a Secret World explores how children are viewed in cinema and television and examines the screen spaces that they occupy.

The image of the child is often a site of conflict, one that has been captured, preserved and recollected on screen; but what do these representations tell us about the animated child and how it compares to its live action counterpart? Is childhood simply a metaphor for innocence, or something far more complex that embraces agency, performance and othering? Childhood in Animation focuses on key child characters and how they are represented within fantasy, separation, horror, politics and satire, as well as viewing childhood itself through a philosophical, sociological, and global lens. Ultimately, this book navigates that rabbit hole to reveal the secret space of childhood, where anything and everything is possible.

This volume will be of great interest to scholars and students of childhood studies, animation, film and television studies, psychology and sociology.

About the Author

Jane Batkin is Associate Professor in the School of Film, Media and Journalism at the University of Lincoln, where she teaches animation, film and media studies. She is the author of Identity in Animation (2017) and has had chapters published in several edited collections, including Animated Mischief: Essays on Subversiveness in Cartoons since 1987 (Duchaney and Silverman, 2023), Coraline: A Closer Look at Studio LAIKA's Stop-Motion Witchcraft (Mihaelova, 2021) and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: New Perspectives on Production, Reception, Legacy (Pallant and Holliday, 2021).