10-1 | Toy Stories: The Toy as Hero in Literature, Comics, and Film

Book Review

Toy Stories: The Toy as Hero in Literature, Comics, and Film

Tanya Jones, ed.
Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2017. Introduction, about the contributors, images, and index. 188 pp. $29.95 paper. ISBN: 9781476665177

by Michelle Parnett-Dwyer

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In Toy Stories: The Toy as Hero in Literature, Comics, and Film, Tanya Jones has compiled a collection of essays that strive to examine what makes toys heroic in fiction. The contributors provide varied and informa-tive perspectives on representations of toys in American and international literature, comics, and films. From discussions of the Biedermeier period to modern material-ism, from the killer toy genre to repression of youth culture, Toy Stories focuses on how toys communicate our anxieties, histories, rules, social values, and beliefs.