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  feral children in mythology and fiction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Feral children (i.e., children raised by animals) in mythology and fiction are often depicted as having superior strength, intelligence and morals to "normal" people, the implication being that due to their animal upbringing they represent humanity in a wild and uncorrupted state.
Abandoned in a Welsh forest at the age of 7, the boy who will become Merlin lives wild for a year as little better than an animal, until a falconer who is used to taming wild things captures him and begins the long and difficult task of re-educating him in human behaviour.
In the book, Mila is taken to a clinic with other feral children, none of whom adapt to humanity as easily as she does.
www.yourencyclopedia.net /Feral_children_in_mythology_and_fiction.html   (849 words)

 Feral child - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Feral children may be separated from society by being lost or abandoned into the wild.
Legends describe feral children as having been reared in the wild by animals such as wolves or bears or may become integrated into animal groups.
Fictional feral children are often depicted as growing up with relatively normal human intelligence and skills and an innate sense of culture or civilisation, coupled with a healthy dose of survival instincts; their integration into human society is made to seem relatively easy.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Feral_children   (1458 words)

 Wolf Trust - Wolf Children
Wolf children are a subset of feral children: children who grow up from a very young age, for a significant period of their lives, with strictly minimal or no human contact, and survive, isolated on their own or somehow adopted by animals.
Feral children are of interest in themselves and are also fascinating for what we can learn about the early socialisation and development of humans.
Many feral children on examination are found to be seriously mentally retarded and physically small for their age, depending on how young they were when abandoned.
www.wolftrust.org.uk /a-wolfchildren.html   (1657 words)

 FeralChildren.com - Feral Children - in fiction: Tarzan, Mowgli and others   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Feral children have featured in fiction, legend and mythology since classical times.
Of course, the most famous feral children from the world of fiction are Tarzan, raised by apes; and Mowgli, from The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, who was raised by wolves.
Books about feral children that never achieved quite the fame of Tarzan and Mowgli include Jungle-Born by John Eyton, featuring a boy raised by apes in India, Shasta of the Wolves by Olaf Baker, about a native American boy, and Primordial, by Morgan Robertson.
www.feralchildren.com /en/fiction.php   (478 words)

 BBC - h2g2 - Feral Children
Feral children are children who have spent much of their formative years in the wild, without any contact with other humans for a significant period of their lives.
Cases of feral children are thankfully rare, but are of immense interest from a scientific and educational point of view.
Studies of feral children in the past have lead to breakthroughs in the education of people with learning disabilities, and indirectly has lead to the development of sign-language and Braille.
www.bbc.co.uk /h2g2/guide/A269840   (1015 words)

 limyaael: Feral child rant
If you want a feral child who has a functional chance of coming back into society, I would say that she needs to be at least five, six, or seven before the wolves adopt her.
Some feral children have learned to speak, but it’s the same kind of struggle that it takes to learn a second language—and with a second language, at least most people have recourse to their first tongue, to compare it to.
A feral princess would be a disastrous ruler of a country if she was abandoned as an infant.
www.livejournal.com /users/limyaael/320283.html   (4398 words)

 Feral children in mythology and fiction - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Thus Enkidu, raised by wild beasts, becomes the friend of the hero Gilgamesh (see also Epic of Gilgamesh); the brothers Romulus and Remus, raised by a wolf, become the founders of Rome; Rudyard Kipling's Mowgli, also raised by wolves, becomes the natural ruler of the jungle.
In Karen Hesse's The Music of Dolphins, a young girl called Mila is found after having been raised by dolphins for over ten years.
The Quality Comics hero Black Condor, was a boy raised in Mongolia by intelligent condors, gains the improbable power of flight and later becomes a superhero.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Feral_children_in_mythology_and_fiction   (1078 words)

 Science Fair Projects - Feral child
Some feral children who end up in the wild are reared by wild animals such as wolves or bears or may become integrated into animal groups.
Despite being normally considered hostile to humans, such animals may in fact adopt abandoned human babies as their own, particularly if they have lost their own young.
On the day that her parents were to appear in court, Genie's father shot himself to death.
www.all-science-fair-projects.com /science_fair_projects_encyclopedia/Feral_children   (1587 words)

 Interview with Lee Upton   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
I've come to need to write fiction now, too, and I think that the genre has its own rewards that no other genre offers in quite the same concentration--that sense of almost casual discovery, the sort of discovery at the level of the scene that differs somehow from work in scenes in poetry.
The pressure on the individual word in fiction isn't the same as in poetry; you have to discipline yourself to tread more lightly so that an almost orchestral effect begins to take shape in fiction.
Writing longer fiction has allowed me more readily to experiment with different sorts of tones and possibilities and conceptions in all my work, and has even afforded me a greater sense of ease in poetry.
www.adirondackreview.homestead.com /interviewupton.html   (3274 words)

 Romulus_and_Remus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Romulus and Remus, (771 BC¹-717 BC Romulus, 771 BC-753 BC Remus), the legendary founders of Rome in Roman mythology, were the twin sons of the priestess Rhea Silvia, fathered by the god of war Mars.
Romulus and Remus, however, were found by Tiberinus, the river god, and nursed by a female wolf underneath a fig tree, among the most famous feral children in mythology and fiction.
The mythic theme of twins is deep-seated in Mediterranean mythology: compare Castor and Polydeuces (the Dioscuri) of Greece, and Amphion and Zethus of Thebes.
www.freecaviar.com /search.php?title=Romulus_and_Remus   (1082 words)

 Mick Broderick- Surviving Armageddon: Beyond the Imagination of Disaster
From the early post-Hiroshima films of the ‘40s which anticipated global atomic conflict and the cautionary tales of short and long-term effects in the ‘50s through to the hero myths of apocalypse in the ‘80s, a discernable shift away from an imagination of disaster toward one of survival is evident.
The communes they lead are generally comprised of men, women, and children, with monogamous, heterosexual marriage and sustaining/procreating life as the society’s goals (romantic sub-plots involving heroes and women from survival camps motivate action in most of these films).
The following analysis is not so much a revision of Sontag’s critique as (to use a cinematic analogy) a sequel—or as Umberto Eco might have it, a palimpsest on which her original still lingers—whereby its central thesis is scrutinized within the context of a significant and growing SF subgenre, the post-nuclear holocaust film.
www.depauw.edu /sfs/backissues/61/broderick61art.htm   (7753 words)

 Mowgli - FreeEncyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Mowgli is a fictional character who originally appeared in Rudyard Kipling's short story "In the Rukh", which was collected in Many Inventions (1893).
Mowgli was also a probable influence on at least two other "wild boy" characters; see Feral Children in Mythology and Fiction.
Although marketed as a children's book it is really a dark psychological drama, and ends with the violent death of a major character.
openproxy.ath.cx /mo/Mowgli.html   (983 words)

 Mad Max, Mythology and the Millennium
Quite often in mythology the journey-quest of the hero may lead to social inertia rather than rebirth, with the hero failing to pass on his knowledge or skills to the community.
As Max and the children liberate Pigkiller and Master from the Underworld, reversing their earlier exchange Max asks Pigkiller enthusiastically, "What's the plan?" to which he replies anarchically that there is none, symbolically demonstrating the crucial aspect of apocalyptic eschaton - the radical rupturing of the old linear, cosmological order.
To strengthen the metaphor, the children are shown the application for their 'sonic' (a warped old vinyl record) placed on Master's gramophone.
wwwmcc.murdoch.edu.au /~mickbrod/postmodm/m/text/madmax.html   (5748 words)

 Feral Children in Legend, Literature -- and Life quiz
I continue with four questions to address feral children in literature: two from modern fiction, two from medieval romance (thus leaving out entirely the classical period, fairy tales, Persian literature, and the medieval Scandinavian works, all of which provide good examples of children with 'animal nurses').
Kamala and Amala, perhaps the most widely known feral children to have come to the attention of modern science, were raised by what animals until found by the Reverend J. Singh in 1920?
Is truth stranger than fiction?) True or false, there is a documented case of a she-leopard hunting, capturing and rearing a human child to replace cubs she had recently lost?
www.funtrivia.com /playquiz.cfm?qid=68107&origin=   (589 words)

 The Whale-Watching-Web: Cetacean Children's Bibliography--Fiction, Nonfiction, and Other Resources
Cetacean video titles for children from the National Geographic Society, Walt Disney, and other sources appear in the Cetacean Videography, and cetacean songs and taped stories for children (most of which are marked "For children") appear in the Cetacean Audiography.
Children are fascinated by Stormy because they can relate to the drama of being separated from one's mother and are in awe of the brutal shark attack.
Other fictional vignettes like the latter are combined with nonfiction accounts of the behavior and threatened status of several species of whales.
www.helsinki.fi /~lauhakan/whale/literature/children/biblioc.html   (14637 words)

 Neil Easterbrook- The Arc of Our Destruction: Reversal and Erasure in Cyberpunk
This gap is immediately apparent even in cursory readings of the fiction, especially in the text Sterling identifies as "surely the quintessential cyberpunk novel" (xiv), William Gibson’s remarkable Neuromancer.
And yet both Case and Molly are given psychological "excuses": they have been abused as children and have matured in a society whose human values have been eclipsed by technology’s power (see especially §12:155).
Despite the rhetoric of resistance, Case loves the ecstatic feral intensity of treating the mind as meat; he openly prefers the way things are, prefers to live parasitically as a criminal stealing data as opportunities permit, prefers to exist in a way possible only by offering obeisance to the status quo.
www.depauw.edu /sfs/backissues/58/easterbrook58art.htm   (6302 words)

 The Looking Glass - Vol. 8, No. 3 - Alice's Academy
Most feral children are boys who are raised by animal stepmothers and who struggle with fathers or father surrogates, in keeping with the motif's oedipal thematics.
In fact, such a centering is far from strange, as the feral tale typically presents sociocultural conflict as the oedipalized story of an exceptional child -- often a boy who goes underground, literally or metaphorically or both.
Folklore scholar Michael P. Carroll claims that "viewing contemporary reports [of feral children] as projections of the Oedipal fantasies explains several things," chiefly the usually female gender of the animal parent and her identity as a carnivore (78).
www.the-looking-glass.net /rabbit/v8i3/alice.html   (4057 words)

 Fishboy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The title character is a British boy who was abandoned on a desert island as a baby and survived as a feral child by learning to breathe underwater and talk to fish and other sea creatures.
He also developed webbed fingers and toes which gave him the ability to swim as fast as a motorboat.
The strip follows his adventures as a teenager as he travels the world's oceans searching for his long-lost parents and helping people in trouble.
www.worldhistory.com /wiki/F/Fishboy.htm   (225 words)

In this science fiction novel Ember is threatened when the lights that keep away the darkness begin to fade.
Children in the Coram Hospital fared much better than other orphans, but life is still pretty grim and full of danger.
Seven children remain after a plague wipes out all the adults and most of the children die of hunger and disease.
pw.vsb.bc.ca /library/reading.html   (12325 words)

 Articles - Romulus and Remus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
However, one night Mars, the god of war, came to Rhea in the temple of Vesta and she bore him two twin boys of remarkable size and beauty, later named Romulus and Remus.
Here, as the Romans and Sabines were preparing to renew the battle, they were stopped by the sight of the ravished daughters of the Sabines rushing from the city of Rome through the infantry and the dead bodies.
Romulus and Remus are among the most famous Feral children in mythology and fiction.
www.gaple.com /articles/Romulus_and_Remus   (3607 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Books: The Borrible Trilogy: "The Borribles", "The Borribles Go for Broke", ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Borribles are children who run away from home, scavenge for food and would live forever were it not for the adult world's constant attempts at dragging them jealously back into the madness of workaday mortality.
But perhaps most impressive of all is the whole Borrible mythology: a coherent world complete with proverbs, songs, rules, lore and ethical codes, thriving beneath the grimy, menacing mess of modern London.
Arguably one of the greatest works of children's fiction and almost certainly the darkest and most morally ambiguous, The Borribles is a fantasy saga ripe for comic-strip and film adaptation, yet it appears to have slipped into near obscurity.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/0330490850   (1166 words)

 New Books for Young Readers - Adolescent   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
This realistically told science fiction tale, written from Bobby's point of view, is a beautifully crafted, humorous story about growing up.
When Coraline discovers that more children are trapped, as well as her real parents, she realizes that it is up to her to save them all.
In the endnotes, we learn that the author's son is a Fire Service employee and she gives some information about the changes in the training he received in contrast to the rangers and employees in the early years of the last century.
education.umn.edu /CI/NBFYR/advanced.html   (8885 words)

 Topic: The Science Fiction of Skin and Bones
According to Skin and Bones, Cadmium X is a residual element (identified in the narration as an isotope of Cadmium) left in the bodies of murder victims killed by aliens (specifically those bodies with silver palm prints as well as Pierce's bones).
Science Fiction in the 1950s was obsessed with radioactivity and the atomic bomb.
While Science Fiction can function as social commentary and stories dealing with social order can be a way of critiquing self and society, royal characters can also be simply the stuff of fantasy and romance.
www.geocities.com /LizMyth2001/scifiSaB.html   (23006 words)

 FeralChildren.com - Feral Children - Documents online at FeralChildren.com
If you wish to use any of the texts for any other purpose, then please send me email and I will pass on your request to the author, since most of these works are still in copyright, and may not be reproduced in any form whatsoever without the prior written permission of the copyright holder.
Some of the works in languages other than English are general essays or aticles on the subject of feral children, and are placed here for the convenience of non-English speakers.
Includes a plausible story of a feral child, but also a section on monsters born to women who have consorted with beasts.
www.feralchildren.com /en/listbooks.php?ll=1   (1514 words)

 Science Fiction and Fantasy Films: Articles and Books in the UC Berkeley Library
During the 1950's, the Hollywood science fiction film helped resolve the contradiction in American society between the desirability of change and the retention of existing values and beliefs.
In such recent science fiction films as Blade Runner (1982), Robocop (1987), Cherry 2000 (1988), and Total Recall (1990), robots symbolize contemporary man's struggle to reclaim his humanity in the face of repressive forces.
Abstract: "In her paper, "Science Fiction, Forbidden Planet, and Shakespeare's The Tempest," Simone Caroti illustrates the way in which Cyril Hume and Fred Wilcox's 1956 science fiction movie Forbidden Planet -- whose plot is inspired by Shakespeare's Tempest -- reconfigures in Shakespeare's play.
www.lib.berkeley.edu /MRC/scifibib.html   (12794 words)

 Complete bibliography
Children's Literature Association Quarterly 26.1 (Spring 2001) is a special issue devoted to the "golden age" of children's literature—the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
The relationships between children's literature and popular culture are also the subject of special sections in the Spring 1982 Children's Literature Association Quarterly, in the Summer 1987 Children's Literature Association Quarterly, and of the articles in Lion and the Unicorn 11.2 (1987).
Children's Literature Association Quarterly 22.1 (Spring 1997), edited by Anne Morey, is a special issue on the historical and ideological contexts of children's media texts.
io.uwinnipeg.ca /~nodelman/resources/citations.html   (15514 words)

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