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


Kerby, MC and Baguley, M and MacDonald, A and Lynch, Z, A war imagined: Gallipoli and the art of children's picture books, Australian Art Education, 38, (1) pp. 199-216. ISSN 1032-1942 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:children's literature, First World War, picture books, art teachers, art teaching, Anzac Day, Gallipoli
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:MacDonald, A (Dr Abbey MacDonald)
ID Code:122814
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-11-30
Last Modified:2018-06-21

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