restricted access Wise Gnomes, Nervous Astronauts, and a Very Bad General: The Children's Books of Umberto Eco and Eugenio Carmi
Abstract

This essay examines three critically neglected picturebooks of Umberto Eco and Eugenio Carmi produced between the 60s and 90s. It adopts a semiotic approach to show how these books resist dominant ideologies, arguing that the interanimation of words and images promotes the ideals of disobedience, the collectivity, and active interpretive engagement.


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