Gillian Brown, PhD
Department of English
University of Utah
Dr. Brown explores the ways in which children’s books take off from the page: how they generate pictures, figurines, dolls, toys, and games; how they invent new realms of existence such as Wonderland, Never Land, Oz, and Narnia; how they introduce children worldwide to an international pantheon of child familiars.
The stories of Brer Rabbit, Peter Rabbit, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, and Pinocchio now travel everywhere and appear in forms other than their original literary ones. By considering the material, fantastic, and universal appeal of such classic books, we can begin to appreciate the importance of childhood culture in the modern understanding of what books can do.
This lecture is part of the Cultural Aspects of Globalization Lecture Series.
The Society for Critical Exchange at CWRU
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