Playing with Picturebooks: Postmodernism and the Postmodernesque

Hardcover | November 13, 2012

byCherie Allan

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Postmodernism has played a significant part in the development of playful and experimental picturebooks for children over the past fifty years. Playing with Picturebooks: Postmodernism and the Postmodernesque offers fresh insights into the continuing influence of postmodernism on picturebooks for children, covering a wide range of international picturebooks predominantly from the 1980s to the present. It represents a significant contribution to current debates centred on the decline of postmodernism on fiction and detects a shift from the postmodern to the postmodernesque. Playing with Picturebooks draws on a wide range of critical perspectives in examining postmodrn approaches to narrative and illustration. Chapters discuss how metafictive devices enable different modes of representation, offer different perspectives to authorised versions of history, and promote difference and ex-centricity over unity. Playing with Picturebooks: Postmodernism and the Postmodernesque is essential reading, not only for academics in the field of children's literature, but also for researchers, teachers, and students.

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Postmodernism has played a significant part in the development of playful and experimental picturebooks for children over the past fifty years. Playing with Picturebooks: Postmodernism and the Postmodernesque offers fresh insights into the continuing influence of postmodernism on picturebooks for children, covering a wide range of inte...

CHERIE ALLAN is a research assistant at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Since completing her PhD she has worked on a number of research projects for AustLit: the Australian Literature Resource and is affiliated with the Children and Youth Research Centre at QUT.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 9.95 × 5.7 × 0.78 inPublished:November 13, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230319491

ISBN - 13:9780230319493

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Table of Contents

Figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Looking Back
Looking Beneath the Surface
Destabilising Modes of Representation
Disturbing the Air of Reality
Interrogating Representations of the Past
Problematising Unity through Ex-centricity and Difference
Towards the Postmodernesque Picturebook
(In)Conclusion: Looking Forward
Notes
References
Index