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More sustained questioning is necessary, especially of the crosscultural differences between possessed and satanic child narratives. Such an analysis yields valuable insight into exactly why the United States seems almost to hold a monopoly on these types of narratives. Culture, religion and discourse This book addresses the problem of why narratives of the possessed and satanic child have flourished in the United States but not, for example, in British or Australian culture. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-04-20 28 Possessed Child Narratives in Literature and Film discourse, I argue, has been religious/cultural.
Therefore, this book will analyse at length two narratives from the British scene, as well as one from Australia, and determine the extent and form of the cultural gap that separates such narratives from the American scene. Such an analysis will problematise, not obviate, my religious/cultural hypothesis. In addition to religion, this book will discuss other discourses which have been important to representations of the possessed child in both literature and film. The incessant ‘psychologising’ of the child in these representations is itself a reflection of the increasing psychologising of contemporary American culture, which from the 1960s onwards has witnessed a sharp increase in the number of doctorates awarded in psychology as well as publications on psychological matters (Skolnick 174).
In some of these narratives the child may be complicit in the possession, so that the acceptance of the marvellous does not necessarily entail an unqualified acceptance of the child’s innocence. Although Todorov’s study is concerned with the field of literature, his approach to classifying the fantastic lends itself readily to the cinema. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-04-20 Introduction 37 2 [T]he following Account will afford to him that shall read with Observation, a further clear Confirmation, That, There is both a GOD, and a Devil, and Witchcraft … That, The Malice of Satan and his Instruments, is very great against the Children of God: That, The clearest Gospel-Light shining in a place, will not keep from entering hellish Contracts with infernal Spirits: That, Prayer is a powerful and effectual Remedy against the malicious practices of Devils and those in Covenant with them.