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ERIC Number: EJ924894
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0045-6713
Haunting Masculinity and Frightening Femininity: The Novels of John Bellairs
Heinecken, Dawn
Children's Literature in Education, v42 n2 p118-131 Jun 2011
While developing scholarship around children's horror fiction has focused on the works of contemporary writers, this essay provides a close reading of the novels of John Bellairs, a leading and early practitioner of the genre. It argues that the first three novels in his Lewis Barnevelt series may be understood as addressing some of the same anxieties related to gender and sexuality as those found in adult works of horror. Echoing changing discourses about masculinity at work in the late sixties and seventies, Bellair's novels propose a new form of manhood for young readers at the same time they continue to tie femininity to loss, lack and unspeakable desires.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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