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Fantasies of neglect : imagining the urban child in American film and fiction

Author: Pamela Robertson Wojcik
Publisher: New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, 2016.
Series: UPCC book collections on Project MUSE.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From Harriet the Spy to Hugo Cabret, American popular culture is filled with fictional children who journey through cities, unsupervised by adults. Fantasies of Neglect explains how this trope of the self-sufficient urban child originated and considers why it persists, even in the era of stranger danger and helicopter parenting. Drawing from a wide range of films, novels, and sociological texts, Pamela Robertson  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2016003240
(OCoLC)947190749
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Pamela Robertson Wojcik
ISBN: 9780813564494 0813564492
OCLC Number: 957619247
In: Project Muse Evidence Based Selection
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Introduction: mapping the urban child --
Boys, movies, and city streets, or the dead end kids as modernists --
Shirley Temple as streetwalker: girls, streets, and encounters with men --
Neglect at home: rejecting mothers and middle class kids --
"The odds are against him": archives of unhappiness among black urban boys --
Helicopters and catastrophes: the failure to neglect and neglect as failure.
Series Title: UPCC book collections on Project MUSE.
Responsibility: Pamela Robertson Wojcik.

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From the early twentieth century to the present day, countless books and films have portrayed the solitary exploration of urban spaces as a source of empowerment and delight for children. Fantasies  Read more...

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