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Unhoming the Child: Queer Paths and Precarious Futures In Kissing the Witch

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Title:Unhoming the Child: Queer Paths and Precarious Futures In Kissing the Witch
Authors:Nolte-Odhiambo, Carmen
Keywords:home
Children's literature
Fairy tales
Queer theory
Emma Donoghue
Date Issued:2018
Publisher:Penn State University Press
Citation:Nolte-Odhiambo, Carmen. "Unhoming the Child: Queer Paths and Precarious Futures In Kissing the Witch." Pacific Coast Philology 53.2 (2018): 239-50.
Abstract:Focusing on Emma Donoghue’s fairy-tale retellings for young readers, this essay explores the implications of stories that stray from the conventional script of children’s literature by rejecting normative models of belonging as well as happily-ever-after permanence. Instead of securely positioning the child on the path toward reproductive futurism and the creation of a new family home, these tales present radical visions of queer futurity and kinship and upend normative child-adult relations. Drawing in particular on Sara Ahmed’s work on happiness and Judith (Jack) Halberstam’s analysis of queer time, I analyze how Donoghue’s versions of “Cinderella” and “Hansel and Gretel” unhome their protagonists and cast them outside of heteronormative temporality.
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Pages/Duration:14 pages
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10790/5182
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