“The Monstrous Voice” explores constructions of childhood, pedagogy and posthumanism in The Girl with all the Gifts . This chapter will consider traditional tropes of science fiction, whilst questioning the fluidity of this genre with horror and fantasy. A disease that neurologically hijacks the host, turning them into a “hungry”, infects the protagonist. However, due to her age, Melanie remains psychologically juvenile, innocent and vulnerable. The unique narrative voice of such a naïve character emphasises the brutality of mankind (questioning the definition of a monster), the impact of her pedagogical upbringing, and the role of scientific intervention. This chapter will explore the relationship between the reader and the protagonist, regarding Melanie’s struggle against instinct generated from this artificial parasite. Above all, it will show the development of Melanie’s character, how her love for education enhances her maturity and how she is forced to decide the best course of action ensuring the future of mankind.
|Title of host publication||Childhood, Science Fiction, and Pedagogy|
|Subtitle of host publication||Children Ex Machina|
|Editors||David Kupferman, Andrew Gibbons|
|Number of pages||16|
|ISBN (Print)||9789811362095 (hbk)|
|Publication status||Published - 24 Apr 2019|
|Name||Childhood: Global Posthumanist Perspectives and Materialist Theories|