By Karen J. Renner
Focusing on narratives with supernatural elements, Karen J. Renner argues that the hot proliferation of reports approximately evil young ones demonstrates now not a declining religion within the innocence of formative years yet a wish to shield its purity. From novels to song movies, images to games, the evil baby haunts a number texts and is derived in quite a few types, together with changelings, ferals, and immense newborns. during this e-book, Renner illustrates how every one subtype bargains a unique reason for the matter of the “evil” baby and adapts to altering old situations and ideologies.
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But a contrary, more feminist position, also developed, that reasserted the importance of the mother by admitting that the mother’s imagination, if not fully satisfied with this rearrangement, might intervene in this process, when not carefully regulated, to mar or deface the form provided by the father” (1988, 111). 2. See also Jan Bondeson’s chapter on “Maternal Impressions” in A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities (1997). 3. Rhoda Berenstein, for example, sees the story as reflecting “the horrifying status of motherhood in American patriarchal culture” while Lucy Fischer deems it an “utterance of women’s private experience of pregnancy” (1990, 415).
This sort of plot appears in The Calling (2000), Born (2007), The Reaping (2007), The Devil’s Due (2014), and A Second Son (2015). 20. The film plays on what Turney believes is a common fear, namely “that a child produced by unnatural means would be marked somehow by the procedure, be misshapen, soulless or monstrous” (1998, 186). As Robin Marantz Henig reveals in Pandora’s Baby: How the First Test Tube Babies Sparked the Reproductive Revolution, an anonymous picture of Louise Brown was sent to an American clinic attempting to successfully produce its own test-tube baby with the message, “She has no soul” (2004, 214).
It will be interesting to see if this discovery is also exaggerated in terms of its predictive ability. 18. At the end of the film, the twin girls, beautiful blond toddlers, seem to cause the death and desiccation of a boy who was bothering them (and everyone else) at their birthday party. Significantly, the boy is dressed like a devil and the little girls like angels, which is either ironic or possibly suggestive that they are instead the second coming bound to punish all evildoers. Hard to say—they’re on screen for about five minutes.
Evil Children in the Popular Imagination by Karen J. Renner