Innocence Lost and the Landscapes of Darkness: Shedding light On Embedded Political Themes in Illustrated Narratives

Scott, Linda ORCID logoORCID: (2018) Innocence Lost and the Landscapes of Darkness: Shedding light On Embedded Political Themes in Illustrated Narratives. In: CONFIA 2018: International conference on Illustration & Animation. IPCA, Barcelos PORTUGAL, pp. 608-624. ISBN 978-989-99861-6-9

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This paper addresses the depiction of themes of Imperialism and Colonialism in Twentieth Century Children and Adult Narratives and explores the relationships between historical, political and social events and their impact on the writers and Illustrators who reflected such attitudes of the time. Underpinned by theoretical perspectives of writers including Edward Said, Chinua Achebe , Ariel Dorfman and Herbert Kohl, an exploration of both covert and overt themes embedded within narratives is undertaken and discussed. Analyses of books including the Babar stories and Tin Tin In The Congo questions the offensive representations of Africans and asks whether such representations should be suppressed with regards to the contemporary audience. Illustrator Catherine Anyango and writer David Zane Maikowitz’ interpretation of Joseph Conrad’s ‘ Heart Of Darkness ‘in the form of a graphic novel is discussed as an important testament to the darker truths of the white European occupation of The Congo and another, more recently illustrated version of Conrad’s novel by Sean Mc Sorley is also explored. The paper analyses these classic tales through a ‘ Post – Colonial ‘ lens.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Colonialism; Imperialism; inequality; children’s narrative; Catherine Anyango; Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness; Congo; slaves; Chinua Achebe; Edward Said;
ISBN: 978-989-99861-6-9
Subjects: Arts > Illustration
Courses by Department: The Falmouth School of Art > Fine Art
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Depositing User: Linda Scott
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2018 12:08
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 16:28


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