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Horror, Fright and Joy: Monsters and the Uncanny in and around Children’s Literature and Media

Research seminar.

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Thursday 3 May 2018,  at 09:00 - 15:30


Building 1451, room 219

What are the forms and functions of children’s scary entertainment? What is the role of monsters in young adults’ stories? Join us for a one-day research seminar on monsters and the uncanny in and around children’s literature and media. Everyone is welcome; no registration required. The seminar is sponsored by the Research Program for Literary Studies, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, and organized by Nina Christensen and Mathias Clasen.

Poster (PDF)


9:00-9:15:      Welcome and introduction

9:15-10:00:    Cat Lester, Warwick (UK): “’Viewer, Beware! You’re in for a Scare …’ Cyclic Structures and Uncanny Aesthetics in the Children’s Horror Anthology Series”                                   

10:00-10:45:  Susanne Ylönen, Jyväskylä (FI): “Sublated Death: Mastering Fear in Zombie Picture Books”           

11:00-11:45:  Stine Liv Johansen, AU: “Creepy and Disgusting: YouTube as a Site for Children’s Play with Everything Gross”              

11:45-12:30:  Helle Strandgaard Jensen, AU: “Horror Comics and Texas Chain Saw Massacre: Scary Stories on the Edge of Public Debates about Children’s Media Consumption 1945-1985”                   

13:30-14:15:  Mathias Clasen, AU: “Children, Monsters, and Horror: An Evolutionary Perspective”

14:15-15:00:  Michael Kamp, writer: “The Joy of Fright”

15:00-15:30:  Concluding discussion

Abstracts (PDF)