This collection seeks to broaden the discussion of the child image by close analysis of the child and childhood as depicted in non-Western cinemas. Each essay offers a counter-narrative to Western notions of childhood by looking critically at alternative visions of childhood that does not privilege a Western ideal. Rather, this collection seeks to broaden our ideas about children, childhood, and the child’s place in the global community. This collection features a wide variety of contributors from around the world who offer compelling analyses of non-Western, non-Hollywood films starring children.
Lexington Books; February 2018
- ISBN: 9781498563819
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- Title: The Child in World Cinema
Series: Children and Youth in Popular Culture
- Author: Debbie Olson (ed.); Michael Brodski (contrib.); Juanita But (contrib.); Lucia Rabello de Castro (contrib.); Lennon Yao-chung Chang (contrib.); Shih-Wen Sue Chen (contrib.); Onoriu Colacel (contrib.); Jessica Davidson (contrib.); Paromita Deb (contrib.); Yoad Eliaz (contrib.); Einat Baram Eshel (contrib.); Swarnavel Eswaran (contrib.); Negin Golravesh Fekry (contrib.); Walaa Ghanayim (contrib.); Omri Grinberg (contrib.); Caroline Isabel Grose (contrib.); Seyyed Mohsen Habibi (contrib.); Kelly Hansen (contrib.); Belinda He (contrib.); Christa Jones (contrib.); Kobe Chan Yan Chuen (contrib.); Caroline Larde (contrib.); Sin Wen Lau (contrib.); Fabiana de Amorim Marcello (contrib.); Kenta McGrath (contrib.); Kaori Mori Want (contrib.); Mina Rezaei (contrib.); Carolina Rocha (contrib.); Christine Singer (contrib.); Adelaide Rezende de Souza (contrib.); Paula Uglione (contrib.)
Imprint: Lexington Books
In The Press
Debbie Olson’s extensive twenty-two chapter collection The Child in World Cinema assembles a range of international scholars to examine representations of children and childhood across the globe. The work importantly extends study on Western media about children and youth to encompass the child image in non-Western cinemas, these spanning from South America, through India to New Zealand. Moving away from Western perceptions of childhood, the broad coverage of this volume not only addresses on-screen culture-specific issues in its subjects of study, including, for example, the one-child policy in China and child abandonment in Japan, but also historical traumas that have shaped portrayals of childhood. The insightful and detailed analyses comprising this anthology make a comprehensive, thorough and significant contribution to international scholarship on children and childhood in cinema and will be invaluable to scholars of child and youth representation, Third World Cinemas, and Childhood Studies.
About The Author
Debbie Olson is assistant professor of English at Missouri Valley College.