Academic work of interest to the project
As the In The Picture project has progressed we have become increasingly aware of academic work that examines and discusses the issues we are interested in. This section of the website aims to highlight the work we have come across and will develop as the project continues.
Using picture books to discuss the social model of disability
Dr Nicole Matthews
Case study notes on work with illustration students at Liverpool John Moores University -
Of Both Worlds - Images of Disability in Fairy Tales
Jackie Gay - MA in Writing - Sheffield Hallam University
What is contemporary? Assignment.
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An Examination into the Portrayal of Deaf Characters and Deaf Issues in Picture Books for Children
Isabel Brittain - MA Children's Literature - London
This paper examines children's picture books that either feature deaf characters or are aimed at a deaf audience.
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Why Pictures Matter
Emily Ault - MA Children's Book Illustration - Anglia Ruskin University
Our earliest memories are like visual snapshots: a sunny afternoon on a daisy sprinkled lawn, my mother coming up the stairs late at night, with a new baby. Far from being dusty old photographs however they are packed with the emotion of the moment. As people grow old those snapshots often become sharper and more real while short-term memory fades. It is as if these foundation images are the base coat for all layers of experience. If they are so then they are crucial to the way we develop.
Children are introduced to picture books at around the same age as they are unconsciously laying down their first memories. I believe that is why so many people have a fondness for picture book images from their childhood or that when they meet those images again there is an unexpected moment of joy in recognition.
I am Emily Ault and I am an illustrator. These are the opening lines of my dissertation "Why Pictures Matter" which formed part of my MA in Children's Book Illustration from Anglia Ruskin University. I am also the parent of a child with severe learning disabilities/autism and my dissertation was based partly on the value of picture books to my son: picture books engaged him in a way that nothing else could. In the dissertation I talk about autistic children and their relationship to picture books and also about the value of picture books in child development generally. If anyone would like to read this in full please contact In The Picture as it is not possible to publish it all here. I am very thrilled to have discovered In The Picture and support their aims entirely! Emily Ault
Different Lives - Disability in Contemporary Children's Fiction
Rebecca Butler - MA - University of Roehampton
There is a lesson to be learned about the way physical disability is presented in books for children. It is a mistake to treat disability as if it were a unique phenomenon, totally unlike anything else in human experience. For disability has much in common with other forms of adversity, such as discrimination on grounds of race, gender or religious belief. Being black is not a huge disadvantage unless you have the misfortune to live in a white racist society. Being a woman is not a burden unless you live in a misogynistic society. The main disadvantages of being disabled lie in the eye of the beholder, in the view of society that they are automatically maginalized. The depiction of disabled people in children's literature is important because the chance to raise awareness in young minds and create a more perceptive society is too great an opportunity to miss.
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