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Portrayals of children in popular culture : fleeting images
Cvetkovic, Vibiana Bowman, 1953-
Publication Information:
Lanham : Lexington Books, [2013]
Physical Description:
xiii, 250 pages ; 25 cm
pt. 1. Print and the web. "The girl you've always wanted to be!": girl power and commodification in teen magazines / Caryn Murphy -- Children and media in Parents magazines / Amy Franzini -- Making kids sexy: sexualized youth, adult anxieties and Abercrombie and Fitch / Stephen Gennaro -- Configuring childhood on the web / Katie Elson Anderson -- pt. 2. Television. Pearly whites: the imagery of teeth in Peter Pan, elite figure skating, gymnastics, and child beauty pageants / Beth Nardella -- Conceptualizing childhood in the Korean Educational Broadcasting System (EBS): a critical analysis of Pororo / Lena Lee -- Accidental deaths: the violence of representing childhood in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit / Morgan Genevieve Blue -- "Better multiculturalism" through technology: Dora the Explorer and the training of the preschool viewer(s) / Drew Chappell -- pt. 3. Film. "Mischief of one kind and another": Nostalgia in Where the Wild Things Are as text and film / Michelle Ann Abate -- "They don't really care what happens to me": divorce, family life and children's emotional worlds in 1950s' British cinema / Janet Fink -- Representations of children in Pixar films: 1995-2008 / Iris Shepard -- Little Burton Blue: Tim Burton and the product(ion) of color in the fairy tale films The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and The Corpse Bride (2005) / Debbie Olson -- Childhood in war and violence: Turtles Can Fly and The Kite Runner / Lan Dong -- Spelling out racial difference: moving beyond the inspirational discourses in Akeelah and the Bee / Kathryn E. Linder -- See St. Louis and die: wartime and the morbid child psychology of Meet Me in St. Louis / Vincent Casaregola.

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Portrayals of Children in Popular Culture: Fleeting Images, edited by Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic and Debbie Olson, is a collection which examines images of "children" and "childhood" in popular culture, including print, online, television shows, and films. The contributors to this volume explore the constructions of "children" and "childhood" rather than actual children or actual childhoods. In the chapters that are concerned with depictions of actual, individual children, the authors investigate how the images of those children conform or "trouble" current notions of what it means to be a child engaged in a contemporary "childhood." This is a unique volume, because of the academic discourse which is employed--that of "Childhood Studies." The Childhood Studies scholars represented in this collection utilize an interdisciplinary approach which draws upon various academic fields--their methodologies, theoretical approaches, and scholarly conventions--for the scholarly research in this collection. Together, the contributions to this collection interrogate classic notions of childhood innocence, knowledge, agency, and the fluid position of the signifier "child" within contemporary media forms. These interdisciplinary works function as a testament to the infectiousness of the child image in print, television, and cinematic contexts, and represent a new avenue of discursive scholarship; the questions raised and connections made provide fresh insights and unique perspectives to topics regarding children and childhood and their representation within multiple media platforms. The growing field of Childhood Studies is enriched by the intellectual originality represented by this volume's authors who ask new questions about the enduring and captivating image of the child.

Author Notes

Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic is a reference librarian at the Paul Robeson Library at Rutgers University.
Debbie Olson, ABD, is lecturer at University of Texas at Arlington.

Table of Contents

Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic and Debbie OlsonCaryn MurphyAmy FranziniStephen GennaroKatie Elson AndersonBeth NardellaLena LeeMorgan Genevieve BlueDrew ChappellMichelle Ann AbateJanet FinkIris ShepardDebbie OlsonLan DongKathryn E. Under
About This Bookp. ix
Part 1 Print and the Web
1 "The Girl You've Always Wanted to Be!" Girl Power and Commodification in Teen Magazinesp. 3
2 Children and Media in Parents Magazinep. 15
3 Making Kids Sexy: Sexualized Youth, Adult Anxieties and Abercrombie & Fitchp. 27
4 Configuring Childhood on the Webp. 47
Part 2 Television
5 Pearly Whites: The Imagery of Teeth in Peter Pan, Elite Figure Skating, Gymnastics, and Child Beauty Pageantsp. 73
6 Conceptualizing Childhood in the Korean Educational Broadcasting System (EBS): A Critical Analysis of Pororop. 85
7 Accidental Deaths: the Violence of Representing Childhood in Law & Order: Special Victims Unitp. 101
8 "Better Multiculturalism" through Technology: Dora the Explorer and the Training of the Preschool Viewer(s)p. 121
Part 3 Film
9 "Mischief of One Kind and Another": Nostalgia in Where The Wild Things Are as Text and Filmp. 139
10 "They Don't Really Care What Happens to Me": Divorce, Family Life and Children's Emotional Worlds in 1950s' British Cinemap. 153
11 Representations of Children in Pixar Films: 1995-2008p. 169
12 Little Burton Blue: Tim Burton and the Product(ion) of Color in the Fairy Tale Films The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and The Corpse Bride (2005)p. 183
13 Childhood in War and Violence: Turtles Can Fly and The Kite Runnerp. 195
14 Spelling Out Racial Difference: Moving beyond the Inspirational Discourses in Akeelah and the Beep. 207
15 See St. Louis and Die: Wartime and the Morbid Child Psychology of Meet Me in St. Louis-Vincent Casaregolap. 225
Indexp. 241
About the Authorsp. 245