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The Cute and the Cool: Wondrous Innocence and Modern American Children's Culture

Gary Cross

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195156669
eISBN:
9780199868254
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156669.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The cute child — spunky, yet dependent, naughty but nice — is largely a 20th-century invention. This book examines how that look emerged in American popular culture and holidays and how the cute ... More


The Irony of Innocence

Gary Cross

in The Cute and the Cool: Wondrous Innocence and Modern American Children's Culture

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195156669
eISBN:
9780199868254
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156669.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

We love children for all the things we are no longer and often wish we were. We delight in the fact that children are not cynical or repressed. And we identify with this lost paradise of wonder ... More


The Cute Kid Images of a Wondrous Childhood

Gary Cross

in The Cute and the Cool: Wondrous Innocence and Modern American Children's Culture

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195156669
eISBN:
9780199868254
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156669.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The modern notion of the child as “cute” as opposed to merely adorable or even charming crosses a boundary. The meaning of the word “cute” underwent a transformation, from the manipulative and ... More


Holidays and New Rituals of Innocence

Gary Cross

in The Cute and the Cool: Wondrous Innocence and Modern American Children's Culture

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195156669
eISBN:
9780199868254
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156669.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and birthdays are rituals invented by adults to evoke in their children the wonder of innocence. The images of the cute child were realized in these rituals, very often ... More


Gremlin Child How the Cute Became the Cool

Gary Cross

in The Cute and the Cool: Wondrous Innocence and Modern American Children's Culture

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195156669
eISBN:
9780199868254
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156669.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The 1984 film Gremlins is a classic example of how wondrous innocence can go astray. The adorable Gizmos on which we lavish love and attention in our typical middle-class homes can become the bratty ... More


Setting the Boundaries of Innocence

Gary Cross

in The Cute and the Cool: Wondrous Innocence and Modern American Children's Culture

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195156669
eISBN:
9780199868254
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156669.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Commercial culture abhors a vacuum and thus never leaves unsatisfied a marketable desire. Because modern adults often see their children's longings as innocent and kids' satisfactions as measures of ... More


Rethinking Innocence

Gary Cross

in The Cute and the Cool: Wondrous Innocence and Modern American Children's Culture

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195156669
eISBN:
9780199868254
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156669.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Innocence may define the modern child, but it has done so with great ambiguity. One version of the innocent presumes virginal sanctity in the spontaneous child, the other, a vulnerable but malleable ... More


CUTE: A Flexible Approach to the Integration of Online and Face-to-Face Support for Language Learning

Debra Marsh, Eric Brewster, Nicola Cavaleri, and Anny King

in e-Learning Initiatives in China: Pedagogy, Policy and Culture

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789622098671
eISBN:
9789882206861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789622098671.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter examines the concept of the Chinese University Teacher Training in English (CUTE) project, a flexible approach for integrating online and face-to-face (F2F) support for language ... More


Translating Pedagogy into Technology: Techno-Pedagogic Aspects of a Sino-UK e-Learning Project

Christoph Zähner

in e-Learning Initiatives in China: Pedagogy, Policy and Culture

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789622098671
eISBN:
9789882206861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789622098671.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter examines some technical and implementation aspects of a collaborative Chinese-British e-learning endeavour using the Chinese University Teacher Training in English (CUTE) project as a ... More


Pandas in the Anthropocene: Japan’s “Panda Boom” and the Limits of Ecological Modernity

Ian Jared Miller

in The Nature of the Beasts: Empire and Exhibition at the Tokyo Imperial Zoo

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780520271869
eISBN:
9780520952102
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520271869.003.0007
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter considers the conflicted status of wild animals in postwar Japan, at once objects of intense cultural and scientific attention and subject to relentless ecological marginalization. This ... More


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