Images of Children in American Film by Kathy Merlock Jackson
Images of Children in American Film
Author: Kathy Merlock Jackson
Book title: Images of Children in American Film
ISBN: 0810819015
ISBN13: 978-0810819016
Format: pdf, fb2, epub
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Publisher: Scarecrow Press (June 20, 1995)
Language: English
Size pdf version: 1303 kb
Size epub version: 1734 kb
Rating: 3.6 ✪
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Category: Arts & Photography
Subcategory: Performing Arts
From 1925 to World War II, the image of children in American films was one of unqualified innocence. After World War II, however, some significant variations occurred. First, the child star era sharply declined; second, new images of children that would have been unthinkable in the earlier years slowly began to appear. By the 1970s, monster children and precocious imps became standard movie fare. This study, utilizing socio-cultural criticism, approaches popular commercial films as artifacts that mirror their culture and finds that recurring narrative images of children in films reflect changing mass attitudes toward childhood and innocence in 20th-century America.