Picturebook research has undergone considerable change during the last decade. This volume brings together leading international researchers in a variety of disciplines, including literacy studies, linguistics, and art history, to discuss the aesthetic and cognitive challenges of modern picturebooks. The contributors focus on theoretical issues at the heart of recent research: new frameworks such as cognitive poetics or literary cognitivism, interpictoriality, and materiality; the narratological constraints of wordless picturebooks; the role of paratexts in the comprehension process; and the relationship between visual codes, multimodality, and visual literacy. Considering that a growing number of picturebooks show a crossover tendency—addressing a readership of children and adults—contributors explore the specific features of this book type and its relations to similar genres, such as artists’ or concept books. Do the genre shifts and the aspect of boundary crossing lead to a new picturebook type that is solely addressed towards adults? How does the visual and textual depiction of characters in picturebooks generate the audience’s emotional and cognitive attitude towards these characters? In which regard do hybrid characters or ambivalent characters challenge the reader, thus supporting a developing sense of empathy? The breadth of authors discussed here enlarges the picturebook corpus beyond an Anglo-American picturebook canon, and includes Astrid Lindgren, Wolf Erlbruch, Stian Hole, and Bruno Munari.
About the Author
Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer is Professor in the German Department at the University of Tübingen, Germany.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer Part 1: Crossing genre boundaries: Artists’ books, wordless picturebooks and picturebooks for adults 1. Picturebooks for Adults Åse Marie Ommundsen 2. Artists’ Books and Picturebooks Carole Scott 3. "The Art of Visual Storytelling": Formal Strategies in Wordless Picturebooks Sandra Beckett 4. How Many Words Can a Wordless Picturebook Have? Emma Bosch 5. Meaningmaking from Wordless (or Nearly Wordless) Picturebooks: Educational and Theoretical Expectations Evelyn Arizpe Part 2: Change, emotions, and hybridity: Characters in picturebooks 6. Change: Bildung in Contemporary Nordic Picturebooks Nina Christensen 7. Reading Other People’s Minds through Words and Images Maria Nikolajeva 8. Understanding the Matchstick Man. Hybrid Characters in Picturebooks Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer and Jörg Meibauer 9. The Concept of Miniature in Picturebooks Elina Druker Part 3: Interpictoriality and visual clues in picturebooks 10. An Approach to the Phenomenon of Interpictoriality through Picturebooks: Browne in Browne and his Hypotexts Beatriz Hoster Cabo and Maria José Lobato Suerto 11. Historical and Interpictorial Influences on Wolf Erlbruch’s Picturebook "Duck, Death and the Tulip" Janet Evans 12. The Disorderly Child: Book Collections in Picturebooks Nina Goga 13. Peritexts in Astrid Lindgren’s Picturebooks Agnes-Margrethe Bjorvand 14. The Indication as a "Clue" in the Picturebook’s Visual Grammar Fanuel Hanan Diaz