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ESSE Conference, Galway, Ireland
Monday 22 August – Friday 26 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. Originally, and essentially, 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.

Individual proposals should be sent to the three convenors:

Karen Brown, University of Saint-Andrews, Scotland

Laurence Petit, Université Paul Valéry-Montpellier 3, France

Camille Fort, Université de Picardie Jules Vernes, France

by 28 February 2016