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Austin, Sara. Monstrous Youth: Transgressing the boundaries of childhood in the united states. Columbus: Ohio State Univ. Press, 2022. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.26818/9780814215166
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9780814215166
BibTeX citation key: Austin2022
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Categories: General
Keywords: Horror, Monster, USA
Creators: Austin
Publisher: Ohio State Univ. Press (Columbus)
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The monstrous has a long, complicated history within children’s popular media. In Monstrous Youth: Transgressing the Boundaries of Childhood in the United States, Sara Austin traces the evolution of monstrosity as it relates to youth culture from the 1950s to the present day to spotlight the symbiotic relationship between monstrosity and the bodies and identities of children and adolescents. Examining comics, films, picture books, novels, television, toys and other material culture—including Monsters, Inc. and works by Mercer Mayer, Maurice Sendak, R. L. Stine, and Stephanie Meyer—Austin tracks how the metaphor of monstrosity excludes, engulfs, and narrates difference within children’s culture.
Analyzing how cultural shifts have drastically changed our perceptions of both what it means to be a monster and what it means to be a child, Austin charts how the portrayal and consumption of monsters corresponds to changes in identity categories such as race, sexuality, gender, disability, and class. In demonstrating how monstrosity is leveraged in service of political and cultural movements, such as integration, abstinence-only education, and queer rights, Austin offers insight into how monster texts continue to reflect, interpret, and shape the social discourses of identity within children’s culture.

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List of Illustrations

1. Enfreakment in 1950s Horror Comics and Teen Horrorpics
2. Images of Racial Anxiety in 1960s and 1970s Picture Books
3. Middle-Class Innocence, Monstrous Material Culture, and the Moral Panics of the 1980s
4.. Monstrous Families from 1990s Series Fiction to the Post-Twilight Era
Conclusion: How to Make a Monster (Story)


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