Pamela Robertson Wojcik


On her book Fantasies of Neglect: Imagining the Urban Child in American Film and Fiction

Cover Interview of October 11, 2016


I hope that the book leads people to question why we do not allow our kids to have some freedom and mobility and to reconsider the “common sense” assumption that they are in danger.  I also want people to discover films and books they might not otherwise know.  For me, one of the joys of writing the book was discovering the remarkable children’s book The Planet of Junior Brown, watching films starring the Dead End Kids and Jane Wither, seeing Bush Mama, Cool World, and The Little Fugitive with fresh eyes, and revisiting favorites such as Shirley Temple films, Harriet the Spy, and The Champ.