The story unfolds: intertwined space and time in the Victorian children’s panorama

Field, Hannah (2015) The story unfolds: intertwined space and time in the Victorian children’s panorama. In: Space and Place in Children’s Literature, 1789 to the Present. Ashgate Studies in Childhood, 1700 to the Present . Ashgate, Burlington, VT, pp. 165-191. ISBN 9781472420541

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This essay discusses the unconventional texts of a number of Victorian panorama books, arguing that these provide a way of thinking about visual and verbal narrative, and picture-book space and time. In spite of their limited use of language and tendency towards collecting seemingly unrelated images, panoramas instruct the child in a way of seeing connections and even constructing (semi-)linear paths through the diverse images in the world, based in many cases on the organizing principles of time (coded spatially and visually as left to right). Hence play with the physical spaces of the book – the novelty format of the panorama – leads to play with narrative-temporal conventions and the physical spaces depicted within the book.

Keywords:children's literature, picture books for children, Victorian literature, books and reading
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q321 English Literature by period
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
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Deposited On:14 Jan 2015 16:31

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