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Staging the Illusive: Self-Reflective Images in Tove Jansson's Novels
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History of Literature and History of Ideas.
2007 (English)In: Tove Jansson Rediscovered, Cambridge Scholars Press, London , 2007Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Self-reflective focus on the work of art brings to the fore the elements of the image, its margins and frames, and so constitutes a structural investigation of the medium. In Tove Jansson Moominpappa at Sea (1965) the members of the Moomin family leave their home behind and move to an island far out to sea, taking up residence in a seemingly abandoned lighthouse. Thrown out of their familiar roles and routines, the characters discover unexpected things about themselves. The discoveries are often emotionally traumatic, as the sense of self is put under threat. The complexity and instability of the spatial and temporal relations in Moominpappa at Sea express an underlying sense of insecurity. To illustrate this process, this article considers two examples―Moominpappa’s maps and Moominmamma’s mural, comparing the latter with the role of the wall coverings in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s story “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892). These transformations of the landscape―whether as intriguing maps or drawings that are brought to life―visualise and stage unrevealed emotions, dreams and fears. Focusing on the material qualities of the image can also point towards a conflict between the fictive world and the world outside it.

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Cambridge Scholars Press, London , 2007.
Keyword [en]
"tove jansson", "illustration", "barnlitteratur", "children's literature"
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General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-19975OAI: diva2:186500
Available from: 2007-11-21 Created: 2007-11-21Bibliographically approved

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