Bad Seeds: Children, Gender, and Violence in the British and American Novel, 1954-2003
About the project:
This project will examine the role of gender in five British and American novels featuring child protagonists who commit acts of violence: William Golding’s Lord of the Flies (1954), William March’s The Bad Seed (1954), Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962), Iain Banks’ The Wasp Factory (1984) and Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk About Kevin (2003).
A central aim will be to consider the ways in which these narratives critique or destabilize contemporaneous norms and expectations relating to gender, family structures, parenthood (particularly maternity) and childhood. The project’s theoretical and methodological framework will include gender theory, narrative theory and ethical perspectives on literature.
PhD Fellow at the Centre for Gender Research, 2015-2018