Childbirth and Parenting in Horror Texts: The Marginalized and the Monstrous

Amanda DiGioia
University College London, UK

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26 Jul 2017
Emerald Publishing Limited
128 pages - 129 x 198mm
Emerald Studies in Alternativity and Marginalization
This book examines childbirth and parenting in horror texts. By analysing new texts, and re-analysing commonly used texts with new feminist methodology, this study provides a unique contribution to the fields of gender and horror studies. Focusing on horror fiction and film, this book reviews textual treatments of birth and motherhood, and how they differ from representations of fatherhood. Motherhood and birth are represented as revolting in several ways. Mothers in horror do not fulfil their gender role, and the neglect of motherhood by a woman is deemed horrific because it is the antithesis of Western patriarchal ideals of female identity. These mothers are unforgiven. Bad fathers, in contrast, are given moments of restoration that allow audiences or readers to feel immediate sympathy for them. Examining conception, birth, motherhood and fathers, this work provides a unique exploration of the monstrous and the marginalized within the horror genre.
1, Conception 
2, Labor Pains 
3, Your Mom Has Issues: When Motherhood Becomes A Monstrosity 
4, Father Knows Best: The Redemption of “Bad Dads” in Horror Texts 
5, Afterbirth
Samantha Holland is Senior Research Fellow at Leeds Beckett University, UK. Her work is interdisciplinary: her educational background includes English Literature, Sociology and Cultural Studies. Her first monograph Alternative Femininities. Body, Age & Identity (2004) was at the forefront of the current interest in ageing and subcultures. Since then she has published two other books: Remote Relationships in a Small World (Peter Lang, 2008, edited) and Pole Dancing, Empowerment & Embodiment (2010). Her research interests are gender, leisure, non-mainstream subcultures and ageing, utilising feminist, ethnographic qualitative methods. She is currently the Acting Editor of Journal of Gender Studies, and book review editor for Loisir/Leisure.  

Karl Spracklen is Professor of Leisure Studies at Leeds Beckett University, UK. His research encompasses Sociology of Leisure, Leisure Studies, Leisure Theory, Cultural Studies and Popular Music Studies. He is a world-class academic in Metal Music Studies and the editor of the journal Metal Music Studies. He has published over eighty books, edited collections, papers, book chapters and other outputs. Karl works across disciplines and subject fields, using history and philosophy to make sense of sociology and cultural studies.

Amanda DiGioia is currently a doctoral student at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, UK. Amanda’s thesis examines women in the Finnish heavy metal music scene. Her research interests include horror texts, feminist theory and Finnish culture and society. Amanda's work has been featured in Metal Music StudiesHorror Studies, and Fan Phenomena: Game of Thrones

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