''Look More Closely,' Said Mum': Mothers in Anthony Browne's Picture Books.

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    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      Anthony Browne
      Family stories
      Gender
      Ideology
      Motherhood
      Picture books
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    • Abstract:
      In this article, Vanessa Joosen explores Anthony Browne's construction of motherhood in four of his picture books that focus on family. She focuses on the use of narratological perspective, visual point of view, and intertextual references to explain how an ideology of motherhood is evoked. While Browne makes use of child narrators and focalizers whose view of their mothers is limited, some of his picture books contain illustrations that further explore the mother's psyche and move beyond the child's point of view. His construction of motherhood over the years follows rather than sets trends. Piggybook offers a rather simplistic role reversal in the heyday of second-wave feminism and My Mum conforms to postfeminist new momism. Zoo and The Shape Game are more artistically complex and open-ended in their possible interpretations of the mother's psyche. In all four books, Browne's mothers, especially in comparison to his fathers, are depicted with more responsibilities: the families rely on the mother's presence and care for their coherence and emotional well-being. The mothers invariably bring a sense of civilization and sophistication to Browne's fictional families. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • ISSN:
      0045-6713
    • Accession Number:
      10.1007/s10583-015-9253-3
    • Accession Number:
      102664869
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      JOOSEN, V. “’Look More Closely,” Said Mum’: Mothers in Anthony Browne’s Picture Books. Children’s Literature in Education, [s. l.], v. 46, n. 2, p. 145–159, 2015. DOI 10.1007/s10583-015-9253-3. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=a9h&AN=102664869&custid=s3443875. Acesso em: 5 jul. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Joosen V. “’Look More Closely,” Said Mum’: Mothers in Anthony Browne’s Picture Books. Children’s Literature in Education. 2015;46(2):145-159. doi:10.1007/s10583-015-9253-3.
    • AMA11:
      Joosen V. “’Look More Closely,” Said Mum’: Mothers in Anthony Browne’s Picture Books. Children’s Literature in Education. 2015;46(2):145-159. doi:10.1007/s10583-015-9253-3
    • APA:
      Joosen, V. (2015). “’Look More Closely,” Said Mum’: Mothers in Anthony Browne’s Picture Books. Children’s Literature in Education, 46(2), 145–159. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10583-015-9253-3
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Joosen, Vanessa. 2015. “‘’Look More Closely,’ Said Mum’: Mothers in Anthony Browne’s Picture Books.” Children’s Literature in Education 46 (2): 145–59. doi:10.1007/s10583-015-9253-3.
    • Harvard:
      Joosen, V. (2015) ‘“’Look More Closely,” Said Mum’: Mothers in Anthony Browne’s Picture Books’, Children’s Literature in Education, 46(2), pp. 145–159. doi: 10.1007/s10583-015-9253-3.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Joosen, V 2015, ‘“’Look More Closely,” Said Mum’: Mothers in Anthony Browne’s Picture Books’, Children’s Literature in Education, vol. 46, no. 2, pp. 145–159, viewed 5 July 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Joosen, Vanessa. “‘’Look More Closely,’ Said Mum’: Mothers in Anthony Browne’s Picture Books.” Children’s Literature in Education, vol. 46, no. 2, June 2015, pp. 145–159. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1007/s10583-015-9253-3.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Joosen, Vanessa. “‘’Look More Closely,’ Said Mum’: Mothers in Anthony Browne’s Picture Books.” Children’s Literature in Education 46, no. 2 (June 2015): 145–59. doi:10.1007/s10583-015-9253-3.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Joosen V. “’Look More Closely,” Said Mum’: Mothers in Anthony Browne’s Picture Books. Children’s Literature in Education [Internet]. 2015 Jun [cited 2020 Jul 5];46(2):145–59. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=a9h&AN=102664869&custid=s3443875