ESSE Galway Monday 22nd – Friday 26th August 2016

 “Word and Image in Children’s Literature”

« This seminar will consider the interaction between words and pictures which lies at the heart of children’s literature. Meant to entertain and instruct, children’s literature stages the complicity between two semiotic codes engaged in a relation which is alternately, or simultaneously, didactic, hermeneutic, emblematic, aesthetic or ludic, as words and pictures serve or subvert each other, complete or compete with one another. In our discussion of the ways in which the hybrid combination of text and image is what produces meaning as well as provides verbal and visual pleasure, we will also examine the status of the reader/viewer of such texts, thus broadening the emphasis on formal issues to cultural and historical issues of power and gender. »

Session A: Monday 16:00-18:00

  1. Nature and Form of Picture Books

Véronique Alexandre (Université de Caen Normandie, France)

Taking a closer look at The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg (1986) – the intersection of art forms as meaningful clue.

Rachel Dickinson (Manchester Metropolitan University, England)

‘Drawn by Me and Mr Shepard Helpd’: Authority and the ‘Child’ Illustrator in Children’s Fiction.

 Magdalena Sikorska (Kazimierz Wielki University, Poland)

Beyond the verbal and the visual: the ‘sensual’ in picturebooks.

  1. On Editorial Choices and How They Affect Picture Books

Linda Pillere (Aix-Marseille Université, France)

Convergence and Divergence of Verbal and Visual Modes of Representation in Children’s Fiction

Jiri Rambousek (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)

Translations Illustrated

Session B: Tuesday 08:30-10:30

  1. To Divert and To Instruct: The Educational Dimension of Picture Books

Justine Breton (Université de Picardie Jules Verne, France)

Representing Political Education in Child-Oriented Media: The Case of T. H. White’s The Sword in the Stone

Alice Mahon (University of Cambridge, England)

Dorothea Tanning’s Chimerical World in an Age of Terror.

Katarzyna Smyczyńska (Kazimierz Wielki University, Poland)

Contemporary Tales of Terror in Words, Images, and In Between

  1. Moods and Ideas: The Political and Philosophical Dimension of Picturebooks

Shona Kallestrup (University of St Andrews, Scotland)

Life imitates art: word, image – and interior design – in the children’s tales of Queen Marie of Romania

Isabelle Gras (Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France)

Metaphorical Display of Moods and Ideas in Picturebooks by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, by Shaun Tan and by Brian Selznick

Jade Dillon (Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland)

Deconstructing Minds: A Psychoanalytical Deconstruction of the Brain as a Fantasy Island in Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out

Session D: Tuesday 17:00-19:00

  1. Animals and Animality in Picturebooks

Claudia Alonso (University of Valencia, Spain)

The animal seen, the animal read: A few considerations on the complex nature between nonhuman otherness and children’s literature.

Elizabeth and James Wallace (Boston College, USA)

Animals and Animalism in the Illustrations of Garth Williams

Hélène Gaillard (Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, France)

Representing & Retelling the Three Little Pigs’ Story: Words and Images in Postmodern Variations

  1. Variations on Lewis Carroll

Rose Weeber (American University of Paris, France)

‘Curiouser and Curiouser’: Charles Robinson’s Invasion of Wonderland

 Laurence Le Guen (Université Rennes 2, France)

Suzy Lee’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’: Rewriting by Images

Raluca Petrescu (ENS Paris, France)

Nonsense as state of consciousness: The Mad Gardener’s Song and its
illustrations in Lewis Carroll’s Sylvie and Bruno




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