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dc.contributor.authorHoang, Eryn
dc.date.accessioned2019-04-15T15:25:09Z
dc.date.available2019-04-15T15:25:09Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.otherW Thesis 1541
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11040/24548
dc.descriptioni, 242 leaves.
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references: leaves 224-242.
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines surrealist influences in postmodern picture books. Although Surrealism is a modernist movement, it shares many characteristics with postmodernism, showing that it continues to be relevant and provocative; both movements embrace subjective and provisional truths, reveal that our experience and perception of reality are distorted or limited, and prompt us to interrogate our perspective of the world so that we may better understand it. The body chapters explore books by three author-illustrators—Chris Van Allsburg, David Wiesner, and Shaun Tan—each of whose works combine his unique brand of surrealism with postmodern techniques. By pushing the boundaries of genre in drawing on a wide range of surrealist and postmodern conventions and traditions, as well as those of various types of visual narratives (e.g., comics and graphic novels), these artists’ picture books also raise questions of audience—that is, whether the works are for children, adults, or anyone—and thus redefine the picture book or contribute to the evolution of the form.en_US
dc.description.tableofcontentsList of figures – Introduction – Chapter 1: the extraordinary in the ordinary: Chris Van Allsburg’s mysteries – Ben’s dream – Bad day at riverbend – The mysteries of Harris Burdick – Chapter 2: applying logic to the illogical: David Wiesner’s “wordless” works – Tuesday – Free fall – Flotsam – Chapter 3: you don’t belong here nor there: Shaun Tan’s visual narratives – The red tree – Tales from outer suburbia – The arrival – Conclusion – Appendix – Works cited
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherWheaton College (MA).en_US
dc.subjectUndergraduate research.en_US
dc.subjectUndergraduate thesis.en_US
dc.subject.lcshPostmodernism (Literature).
dc.subject.lcshPicture books for children -- History -- 20th century.
dc.subject.lcshChildren's literature -- 20th century-- History and criticism.
dc.subject.lcshIllustrated children's books -- United States.
dc.subject.lcshSurrealism (Literature).
dc.titleOur world is kind of strange : surrealism in postmodern picture books.en_US
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