An Eye for an I: Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and Questions of Identity

@article{Rudd2008AnEF,
  title={An Eye for an I: Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and Questions of Identity},
  author={D. Rudd},
  journal={Children's Literature in Education},
  year={2008},
  volume={39},
  pages={159-168}
}
  • D. Rudd
  • Published 2008
  • Sociology
  • Children's Literature in Education
This paper sees Neil Gaiman’s Coraline as following a darker tradition in children’s literature, most commonly found in the fairy tale. It explores some of the existential issues that concern us all: to do with identity, sex, death, ontology, evil, desire and violence. The article takes a largely psychoanalytical approach, showing how Freud’s concept of the Uncanny is particularly helpful in explaining both the text’s appeal, and its creepy uneasiness. Namely, our fears about existence and… Expand
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