[ISLMA-Share] NEW BOOK - Reading in the Dark

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Dear Sir or Madam:
I wanted you to know about a new book from the University Press of Mississippi (www.upress.state.ms.us<http://www.upress.state.ms.us>). I've pasted a news release below. If you know of others who will be interested in news of this title, don't hesitate to pass this release along.
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Drew Henry | dhenry at mississippi.edu<mailto:dhenry at mississippi.edu>
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University Press of Mississippi
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Reading in the Dark
Horror in Children's Literature and Culture
Edited by Jessica R. McCort
University Press of Mississippi
Children's Literature Association Series
ISBN 978-1-4968-0644-4, hardback, $60


Essays examine the intersection of horror, popular culture, and children's literature

Dark novels, shows, and films targeted toward children and young adults are proliferating wildly. It is even more crucial now to understand the methods by which such texts have traditionally operated and how those methods have been challenged, abandoned, and appropriated. Reading in the Dark: Horror in Children's Literature and Culture (University Press of Mississippi) fills a gap in criticism devoted to children's popular culture by concentrating on horror, an often-neglected genre. These scholars explore the intersection between horror, popular culture, and children's cultural productions, including picture books, fairy tales, young adult literature, television, and monster movies.

Reading in the Dark examines horror texts for children with the respect such texts deserve, weighing the multitude of benefits they can provide for young readers and viewers. Refusing to write off the horror genre as campy, trite, or deforming, these essays instead recognize many of the texts and films categorized as "scary" are among those most widely read/viewed by children and young adults. In addition, scholars consider how adult horror has been domesticated by children's literature and culture, with authors and screenwriters turning that which was once utterly horrifying into safe, funny, and delightful books and films, along with the impetus behind such re-envisioning of the adult horror novel or film as something appropriate for the young.

The collection seeks to investigate both the constructive and the troublesome aspects of scary books, movies, and television shows targeted toward children and young adults, considering the complex mechanisms by which they communicate overt messages and hidden agendas, as well as the readers' experiences of such mechanisms. Essays in this volume are highly readable and lack jargon, making it especially useful for undergraduate and high-school students.

Contributors: Rebecca A. Brown, Justine Gieni, Holly Harper, Emily Hiltz, A. Robin Hoffman, Kirsten Kowalewski, Peter C. Kunze, Jorie Lagerwey, Nick Levey, Janani Subramanian

Jessica R. McCort is an assistant professor at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her most recent book project is a compilation of essays concerning the intersection of the horror genre and children's cultures.

For more information contact Clint Kimberling, Publicist, ckimberling at mississippi.edu<mailto:ckimberling at mississippi.edu>
Read more about Reading in the Dark: Horror in Children's Literature and Culture at http://www.upress.state.ms.us/books/1916

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