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Idiot! by Oscar K. & Dorte Karrebæk

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‘Idiot!’ is one of those rare crossover picturebooks that challenges textual and visual conventions and the received wisdom of appropriate content. Its ludic qualities, irony, intertextuality and indeterminacy place it firmly in the postmodern picturebook camp. With the help of some bright minds and a translation, I’d like to deconstruct this book to see how a synergy of text and image is achieved by this Danish team of two; and to examine complex issues within this book such as infanticide, the passing of time and concepts of the afterlife.

Howard Cotton worked as a primary school teacher for many years in schools in Devon. He has also worked abroad for several years in schools and universities in France and Chile. He now teaches on the BEd programme at Plymouth University. He is completing his PhD in postmodern picturebooks and their use as a pedagogical medium.

This talk is part of the Centre for Research in Children's Literature at Cambridge series.

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