Of Monstrosity and Innocence: The Child Predator in Clive Barker's Writings

  • Author / Creator
    Kristjanson, Gabrielle F.
  • This thesis considers Clive Barker’s child predator in terms of the greater cultural discourses that accompany its treatment and attempts to demonstrate how Barker's treatment of the predator is proportional to his adherence to the structural form of the narrative. Specifically, the intrusion fantasy form, which integrates fantasy and reality, incorporates the predator into society but as a disgusting version of humanity; the portal-quest form, which delineates fantasy and reality, exiles the predator as alien, excluding him from both humanity and society. When the form becomes pluralistic, ambiguous and ambivalent, these qualities equally manifest in the representation of the predator, notably casting doubt on the nature and perceived wrongfulness of his relationship with the child. My analysis questions, challenges and strives to unravel prevalent cultural conceptions of the child and the child predator in order to enhance understanding of the predator, his function, condition, and existence within Western society.

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    Master of Arts
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    University of Alberta
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  • Department
    • Comparative Literature
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Braz, Albert (Comparative Literature, and English and Film Studies)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Demers, Patricia (Comparative Literature, and English and Film Studies)
    • Hurley, Natasha (English and Film Studies)