Tuesday, April 19, 2011

How to make a classic story look postmodern

work in progress for an upcoming book

pig as personification for conquerors, oppressors, irresponsible capitalists

Most of the time, readers are accustomed to seeing pictures that literally correspond to the text or words. If the picture is inconsistent with the words, typically it shakes up their flow of reading and make them look again or perhaps form inquiries about why such mismatches. That is how postmodern picture books work. Some authors or illustrators use this technique to offer and challenge the readers their own interpretation.

So how do you make a modern classic story postmodern (how oxymoronic!)? Make figurative interpretations.

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