Just wanted to let you know that I have another guest post up on the Kid Lit at UF blog! It's titled "Our Feral Child Obsession" and explores our enduring fascination with stories about the feral child, and what it means that they happen so often within the context of children’s literature. I trace the theme in art and history and then move into a few contemporary children's books (The Incorrigible Children and The Graveyard Book) Hope you enjoy!! And I'd love to hear others thoughts on this too :)
Here's the link:
And here's a quick taste from the beginning of the post:
"What is a feral child? The dictionary defines this as a child who is in a wild state, especially after escape from captivity or domestication. Now while there are unfortunate real life examples of children who have been believed to exhibit feral qualities as we discussed in class, I will not be going into that here. Instead I’d like to ask the question, why have we as humans had such a cultural, and ultimately literary obsession, with the idea of the feral child?
If you really think about it, this fantastical idea of the feral child goes back many centuries, with one of the earliest examples being the legend of twin babies Romulus and Remus...."