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ERIC Number: EJ798832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0045-6713
An Eye for an I: Neil Gaiman's Coraline and Questions of Identity
Rudd, David
Children's Literature in Education, v39 n3 p159-168 Sep 2008
This paper sees Neil Gaiman's "Coraline" as following a darker tradition in children's literature, most commonly found in the fairy tale. It explores some of the existential issues that concern us all: to do with identity, sex, death, ontology, evil, desire and violence. The article takes a largely psychoanalytical approach, showing how Freud's concept of the Uncanny is particularly helpful in explaining both the text's appeal, and its creepy uneasiness. Namely, our fears about existence and identity as separate beings: our worry that we will either not be noticed (being invisible and isolated), or we will be completely consumed by the attention of another. Lacan's concepts of the Symbolic and the Real provide the theoretical underpinning for this reading, together with Kristeva's notion of the abject.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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