Same old 'other' mother: Neil Gaiman's Coraline

Muller, Vivienne (2012) Same old 'other' mother: Neil Gaiman's Coraline. Outskirts: feminisms along the edge, 26, pp. 1-6.

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Central to Coraline’s experiences in the fantasy world beyond the walls of her flat is the ‘other’ mother, who is initially constructed as an idealised image of maternal care whose only concern is for the welfare and comfort of her child. But as the story unfolds, this belle dame rapidly transforms into the ‘beldam sans merci’, an old crone, a she-devil whose real interest lies in the power she can draw from possessing the souls of children such as Coraline. This paper explores the Gaiman’s use of archetypes and cultural stereotypes of the mother figure that feminisms have been intent on expunging, interrogating, or appropriating in positive ways.

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ID Code: 50484
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Coraline, other mother, Oedipal, pre-oedipal, archetypes
ISSN: 1445-0445
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 University of Western Australia
Deposited On: 22 May 2012 02:34
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2013 05:12

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