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The Routledge Companion to Picturebooks

ISBN 9781138853188
Published December 12, 2017 by Routledge
546 Pages 126 B/W Illustrations

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Containing forty-eight chapters, The Routledge Companion to Picturebooks is the ultimate guide to picturebooks. It contains a detailed introduction, surveying the history and development of the field and emphasizing the international and cultural diversity of picturebooks. Divided into five key parts, this volume covers:

  • Concepts and topics – from hybridity and ideology to metafiction and emotions;

  • Genres – from baby books through to picturebooks for adults;

  • Interfaces – their relations to other forms such as comics and visual media;

  • Domains and theoretical approaches, including developmental psychology and cognitive studies;

  • Adaptations.

With ground-breaking contributions from leading and emerging scholars alike, this comprehensive volume is one of the first to focus solely on picturebook research. Its interdisciplinary approach makes it key for both scholars and students of literature, as well as education and media.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Picturebook Research Comes of Age

Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer

PART I: Concepts and Topics

1. Author-Illustrator

Kerry Mallan

2. Picture-Text-Relationships in Picturebooks

Nathalie op de Beeck

3. Layout of Picturebooks

Megan Lambert

4. Paratexts in Picturebooks

Sylvia Pantaleo

5. Montage and Collage in Picturebooks

Elina Druker

6. Materiality in Picturebooks

Ilgim Veryeri Alaca

7. Picturebooks and Metafiction

Cecilia Silva-Díaz

8. Hybridity in Picturebooks

Helma van Lierop-Debrauwer

9. Interpictoriality in Picturebooks

Beatriz Hoster Cabo, Maria José Lobato Suero, and Alberto Manuel Ruiz Campos

10. Seriality in Picturebooks

Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer

11. Emotions in Picturebooks

Maria Nikolajeva

12. Picturebooks and Gender

Karen Coats

13. Canon Processes and Picturebooks

Erica Hateley

14. Picturebooks and Ideology

John Stephens

PART II: Picturebook Categories

15. Early Concept Books and Concept Books

Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer and Jörg Meibauer

16. Wimmelbooks

Cornelia Rémi

17. ABC Books

Marie-Pierre Litaudon

18. Pop Up and Movable Books

Ann Montanaro Staples

19. Wordless Picturebooks

Emma Bosch

20. Postmodern Picturebooks

Cherie Allan

21. Crossover Picturebooks

Sandra Beckett

22. Picturebooks for Adults

Åse Marie Ommundsen

23. Informational Picturebooks

Nikola von Merveldt

24. Poetry in Picturebooks

Donelle Ruwe

25. Multilingual Picturebooks

Nancy Hadaway and Terrell Young

26. Digital Picturebooks

Maria Nikolajeva and Ghada Al-Yaquot

PART III: Interfaces

27. Picturebooks and Illustrated Books

Elizabeth Bird and Junko Yokota

28. Artists’ Books and Picturebooks

Johanna Drucker

29. Picturebooks and Photography

Jane Wattenberg

30. Picturebooks and Comics

Lara Saguisag

31. Picturebooks and Movies

Tobias Kurwinkel

PART IV: Domains

32. The Education of a Picturebook-Maker

Martin Salisbury

33. Research in Picturebooks: The Wider Path

William Moebius

34. Picturebooks and Representations of Childhood

Nina Christensen

35. Picturebooks and Literacy Studies

Evelyn Arizpe, Jennifer Farrar, and Julie McAdam

36. Picturebooks and Developmental Psychology

Elaine Reese and Jessica Johnston

37. Picturebooks and Cognitive Studies

Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer and Jörg Meibauer

38. Picturebooks and Linguistics

Eva Gressnich

39. Picturebooks and Narratology

Smiljana Narancic Kovac

40. Multimodal Analysis of Picturebooks

Clare Painter

41. Art History and the Picturebook

Marilynn Olson

42. Picture Theory and Picturebooks

Lukas Wilde and Nikolas Potysch

43. Picturebooks and Media Studies

Margaret Mackey

44. Picturebooks and Translation

Riitta Oittinen

PART V: Adaptations and Remediation

45. Picturebooks as Adaptations of Fairy Tales

Vanessa Joosen

46. Picturebooks as Adaptations of World Literature

Marlene Zöhrer

47. Film Versions of Picturebooks

Johanna Tydecks

48. Picturebooks, Merchandising, and Franchising

Naomi Hamer


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Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer is Professor in the German Department at the University of Tübingen, Germany. She recently co-edited Learning from Picturebooks: Perspectives from Child Development and Literacy Studies (Routledge, 2015).




"The articles in the companion are indeed carefully anchored in compelling picturebook material, and each chapter offers a volu-minous list of references, which makes the volume perfect for teach-ing purposes. The generous lists of references also provide excellent sources for further research. It is evident that this well-written and pedagogical companion will inspire new studies and help diversify this manifold, complex and growing field of research further."

- Mia Österlund, Åbo Akademi University, Barnboken