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ERIC Number: EJ1131362
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0045-6713
Between Fiction and Reality: Maps and Cartographic Logic in the Works of Peter Sís
Cantavella, Anna Juan
Children's Literature in Education, v48 n1 p39-55 Mar 2017
This article examines the use of maps in the works of Czech author-illustrator Peter Sís in order to consider the role that cartography plays in the construction of four of his biographical picturebooks: Follow the Dream: "The Story of Christopher Columbus" (2003/1991), "Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei" (1996), "The Tree of Life: A Book Depicting the Life of Charles Darwin, Naturalist, Geologist and Thinker" (2003), and "The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry" (2013). The profusion of maps found in Sís's biographical picturebooks expresses an understanding that the exploration of identity is intimately linked with the exploration of the spaces in which that identity is formed. The maps represent three basic functions for Sís: first, he uses maps to situate the reader in a specific time and place; second, maps are elements that initiate adventure; and third, the profusion of maps, combined with other textual elements, raises a question that runs through all of Sís's work regarding the limits of representations of reality. The article illustrates the three functions by presenting a walk through the pages of the four chosen picturebooks, describing and analysing the different types of maps that Sís uses.
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Language: English
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