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What are Little Girls Made of? The Monstrous-Feminine Child in Frances Hardinge’s Cuckoo Song

Barbara Creed’s (1993) concept of the monstrous-feminine is widely used to explore sexism in speculative media. Creed’s focus on reproduction and sexual desire means explorations of the monstrous-feminine have centred on attitudes to young women and adults, even in children’s fiction. However, Wilkie-Stibbs (2006) notes children are also abjected in children’s literature, while Daniel (2006) …