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ERIC Number: EJ1061552
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0045-6713
"'Look More Closely,' Said Mum": Mothers in Anthony Browne's Picture Books
Joosen, Vanessa
Children's Literature in Education, v46 n2 p145-159 Jun 2015
In this article, Vanessa Joosen explores Anthony Browne's construction of motherhood in four of his picture books that focus on family. She focuses on the use of narratological perspective, visual point of view, and intertextual references to explain how an ideology of motherhood is evoked. While Browne makes use of child narrators and focalizers whose view of their mothers is limited, some of his picture books contain illustrations that further explore the mother's psyche and move beyond the child's point of view. His construction of motherhood over the years follows rather than sets trends. "Piggybook" offers a rather simplistic role reversal in the heyday of second-wave feminism and "My Mum" conforms to postfeminist new momism. "Zoo" and "The Shape Game" are more artistically complex and open-ended in their possible interpretations of the mother's psyche. In all four books, Browne's mothers, especially in comparison to his fathers, are depicted with more responsibilities: the families rely on the mother's presence and care for their coherence and emotional well-being. The mothers invariably bring a sense of civilization and sophistication to Browne's fictional families.
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Language: English
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