A new collection edited by Debbie Olson, The Child in World Cinema, will be published by Lexington Books this month. I contributed a chapter called "Abandon the Young in Tokyo: Yoshitaro Nomura's The Demon and Hirokazu Koreeda's Nobody Knows", in which I look at the phenomenon of child abandonment in postwar Japan and how it's represented in these two excellent films.
Notes from the publisher:
This collection seeks to broaden the discussion of the child image by close analysis of the child and childhood as depicted in non-Western cinemas. Each essay offers a counter-narrative to Western notions of childhood by looking critically at alternative visions of childhood that does not privilege a Western ideal. Rather, this collection seeks to broaden our ideas about children, childhood, and the child’s place in the global community. This collection features a wide variety of contributors from around the world who offer compelling analyses of non-Western, non-Hollywood films starring children.
The hardback and eBook versions will be available through the publisher and on Amazon within the next few days.