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Picturebooks: Representation and Narration

1st Edition

Edited by Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer


260 pages | 37 B/W Illus.

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This volume discusses the aesthetic and cognitive challenges of modern picturebooks from different countries, such as Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and USA. The overarching issue concerns the mutual relationship between representation and narration by means of the picturebooks’ multimodal character. Moreover, this volume includes the main lines of debate and approaches to picturebooks by international leading researchers in the field. Topics covered are the impact of paratexts and interpictorial allusions, the relationship between artists’ books, crossover picturebooks, and picturebooks for adults, the narrative defiance of wordless picturebooks, the representation of emotions in images and text, and the depiction of hybrid characters in picturebooks. The enlargement of the picturebook corpus beyond an Anglo-American picturebook canon opens up new horizons and highlights the diverging styles and genre shifts in modern picturebooks. This tendency also demonstrates the influence of specific authors and illustrators on the appreciation of the picturebook genre, as in the case of Astrid Lindgren’s picturebooks and the picturebooks created by renowned illustrators, such as Anthony Browne, Wolf Erlbruch, Stian Hole, and Bruno Munari. This book will be the definite contribution to contemporary picturebook research for many years to come.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Picturebooks between Representation and Narration Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer Part 1: Crossing Genre Boundaries: Artists’ Books, Wordless Picturebooks and Picturebooks for Adults 1. Picturebooks for Adults Åse Marie Ommundsen 2. Artists’ Books, Altered Books and Picturebooks Carole Scott 3. The Art of Visual Storytelling: Formal Strategies in Wordless Picturebooks Sandra L. Beckett 4. Texts and Peritexts in Wordless and Almost Wordless Picturebooks Emma Bosch 5. Wordless Picturebooks: Critical and Educational Perspectives on Meaning-making Evelyn Arizpe Part 2: Change, Emotions, and Hybridity: Characters in Picturebooks 6. 'Thought and dream are heavenly vehicles'. Character, Bildung, and Aesthetics in Stian Hole's Garmann Triology (2006-2010) Nina Christensen 7. "The Penguin Looked Sad": Picturebooks, Empathy, and Theory of Mind Maria Nikolajeva 8. Understanding the Matchstick Man. Aesthetic and Narrative Properties of a Hybrid Picturebook Character Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer and Jörg Meibauer Part 3: Interpictoriality and Visual Clues in Picturebooks 9. An Approximation to Intertextuality in Picturebooks: Anthony Browne and his Hypotexts Maria José Lobato and Beatriz Hoster Cabo 10. Audience, Theme, and Symbolism in Wolf Erlbruch’s Picturebook "Duck, Death and th Tulip" Janet Evans 11. Learn to Read. Learn to Live. The Role of Books and Book Collections in Picturebooks Nina Goga 12. Prologue and Epilogue Pictures s in Astrid Lindgren’s Picturebooks Agnes-Margrethe Bjorvand

About the Editor

Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer is Professor in the German Department at the University of Tübingen, Germany. She held the position of guest professor for children’s literature at the University of Växjö, Sweden, and the University of Vienna, Austria. She is editor of Emergent Literacy. Children’s books from 0 to 3 (2011), and co-editor of New Directions in Picturebook Research (2010), and Beyond Pippi Longstocking. Intermedial and International Aspects of Astrid Lindgren’s Works (2011).

About the Series

Children's Literature and Culture

Founding Editor and Series Editor 1994-2011: Jack Zipes

Series Editor, 2011-2018: Philip Nel


Founded by Jack Zipes in 1994, Children's Literature and Culture is the longest-running series devoted to the study of children’s literature and culture from a national and international perspective. Dedicated to promoting original research in children’s literature and children’s culture, in 2011 the series expanded its focus to include childhood studies, and it seeks to explore the legal, historical, and philosophical conditions of different childhoods. An advocate for scholarship from around the globe, the series recognizes innovation and encourages interdisciplinarity. Children's Literature and Culture offers cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections considering topics such as gender, race, picturebooks, childhood, nation, religion, technology, and many others. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Criticism & Theory
LITERARY CRITICISM / Children's Literature