No Go the Bogeyman: Scaring, Lulling and Making Mock

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Ogres and giants, bogeymen and bugaboos embody some of our deepest fears, dominating popular fiction, from tales such as 'Jack the Giant Killer' to the cannibal monster Hannibal Lecter, from the Titans of Greek mythology to the dinosaurs of JURASSIC PARK, from Frankenstein TO MEN IN BLACK. Following her brilliant study of fairy tales, FROM THE BEAST TO THE BLONDE, Marina Warner's rich, enthralling new book explores the ever increasing presence of such figures of male terror, and the strategems we invent to allay the monsters we conjure up -from horror stories to lullabies and jokes. Travelling from ogres to cradle songs, from bananas to cannibals, Warner traces the roots of our commonest anxieties, unravelling with vigorous intelligence, creative originality and relish, the myths and fears which define our sensibilites. Illustrated with a wealth of images - from the beautiful and the bizarre to the downright scary -this is a tour de force of scholarship and imagination.

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Marina Warner's From the Beast to the Blonde was a fascinating feminist meditation on fairy stories and the men and women who tell them; it was both scholarly and a work of creation which changed the way we read.

The attractively illustrated No Go the Bogeyman extends its argument to children. Sometimes fairy stories were meant to scare children into virtue and sometimes to teach them cold-hearted calculation of the moral odds, and sometimes just to soothe them or make them laugh. Fear of the dark is important here--the darkness has always been where adult terrors lurked as well, and Warner is good on the fear of the peasant pagan "other" that underlies many tales. Much fear and much comedy comes from taboos. Children's rhymes and tales often deal in cannibalism and in decay, both to exorcise dread and because children find them genuinely funny. Lullabies soothe partly because of their refrains-- something which comes around reliably is always going to console. In a final, tangential chapter, bananas are at once phallic and tasty, funny, luxurious and grotesque. This is a book full of intelligence and quirky ideas; an important piece of cultural investigation. --Roz Kaveney

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