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Picturebook as Conceptual Space: Spatial transformation in Tove Jansson’s Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History of Literature and History of Ideas.
2006 (English)In: From Colonialism to the Contemporary: Intertextual Transformation in World Children's and Youth Literature, Cambridge Scholars Press, New York , 2006Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

When picturebook characters play with the borders of their fictional space, the page can function as a stage, as a game of hide-and-seek, or as a map of unknown territories. Playing with and questioning the fictional illusion draws attention to the means of communication. High-lighting the conventions of reading, the concept of the book and the page makes us aware of the book as a whole and of its materiality. Such self-consciousness within the picturebook medium is expressed on many levels. Discussing examples of intertextual and metafictional play in Tove Jansson's The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My, Druker illustrates how self-reflectivity involves playful humour and philosophical interrogations of literature and art, of fiction and reality. Spatiality and temporality are key issues in this article, where the construction of the picturebook and the concept of the book as such are examined.

The compilation of From Colonialism to the Contemporary: Intertextual Transformation in World Children's and Youth Literature has been constructed to convey the essence of its title. In other words, the different chapters have been selected and ordered to illustrate the chronological effects surrounding the phenomenon of Children’s and Youth Literature. While this selection of essays as a whole does not seek to provide an exhaustive historical analysis of literature surrounding and written for children, it does seek to highlight several points in time that will give the reader a sound understanding of certain shifts in ideology found in children’s literature.

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Cambridge Scholars Press, New York , 2006.
Keyword [en]
"bilderbok", "picture book", "tove jansson", "illustration", "metafiction", "barnlitteratur", "children's literature"
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-20721OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-20721DiVA: diva2:187247
Available from: 2007-11-29 Created: 2007-11-29Bibliographically approved

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