A war imagined: Gallipoli and the art of children's picture books

Kerby, Martin C. and Baguley, Margaret and MacDonald, Abbey and Lynch, Zoe (2017) A war imagined: Gallipoli and the art of children's picture books. Australian Art Education, 38 (1). pp. 199-216. ISSN 1032-1942

Abstract

The artists and authors who produce children's picture books dealing with the First World War, and Gallipoli in particular, find themselves burdened by the expectation that they will balance a respect for this foundation myth with a 'pity of war' approach more in line with modern attitudes to conflict. Whatever their personal ideology, to meet these expectations many of them embrace the thematic imperatives of those who have already painted and written about Australians at war: the increasingly sentimentalised construct of the Australian soldier as a victim of trauma, the providing of a moral lesson with many of the characteristics of a displaced Christianity and the traditional use of Australian war literature as an exercise in nation building.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Art Education Australia.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2017 03:26
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2018 23:17
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anzac day, children’s literature, First World War, Gallipoli, picture books
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1999 Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33439

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