Abused, Neglected, Abandoned: Did Roald Dahl Hate Children as Much as the Witches Did?

Cantrell, Kate ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5689-614X and Bryce, India ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3616-8003 and Gildersleeve, Jessica ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7694-5615 (2021) Abused, Neglected, Abandoned: Did Roald Dahl Hate Children as Much as the Witches Did? The Conversation, 21 January 2021. pp. 1-3.

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Abstract

Described as 'the world’s greatest storyteller', Roald Dahl is frequently ranked as the best children’s author of all time by teachers, authors and librarians. However, the new film adaptation of Dahl’s controversial book, The Witches, warrants a fresh look at a recurrent contrast in Dahl’s work: child protection and care on one hand and a preoccupation with child-hatred, including child neglect and abuse, abandonment, and torture on the other. Dahl himself once admitted he simultaneously admired and envied children. While his stories spotlight children’s vulnerability to trauma, his child protagonists show how childhood can be an isolating but ultimately triumphant experience.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version made available in accordance with Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2021 22:35
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2021 06:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: Roald Dahl; The Witches; children's fiction; kid-lit; child abuse and neglect; trauma
Fields of Research (2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1999 Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200503 British and Irish Literature
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470506 Children's literature
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3602 Creative and professional writing > 360201 Creative writing (incl. scriptwriting)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280116 Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280122 Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies
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