It has been a long-standing presupposition in Western art that a subject's inner self is made visible by physical movement. As an index of both self-expression and self-control, represented movement is understood as not only expressing what a character feels, but also revealing that character's ethical or moral state. This presupposition has dominated picture book an since its inception, so that conventional significances attributed to bodily postures and gestures, in the context of the particular narrative roles assigned to characters, readily convey an illusion of mimetic realism and - perhaps more importantly- orient audiences attitudinally and ideologically towards the represented material.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|