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Back to the Tableau or the Gerontoscopy of Wounded Men

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To read a picture book for children in the name of the imaginary of childhood is to subscribe to a particular construct of the album de jeunesse, or what in English is called the picture book, which is, after all, just a kind of book marketed to chiIdren. In this construct, the picture book for chiIdren models an alternative to the imaginary of grown-ups, an imaginary "once removed" yet somehow housed in the imaginary certified as adult, and which, through its difference, affirms the imaginary of readers who don't happen to be children. One of the powers of the adult imaginary is to invent a speculative childhood, and to fill it with toys, books and fiestas, just as we have filled other "ages of man" with iconic paraphernalia like canes and walking sticks.

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Moebius, William. 2008. « Back to the Tableau or the Gerontoscopy of Wounded Men ». Dans Paroles, textes et images : Formes et pouvoirs de l'imaginaire. Article d’un cahier Figura. En ligne sur le site de l’Observatoire de l’imaginaire contemporain. <>. Consulté le 22 août 2019. D’abord paru dans (Chassay, Jean-François et Bertrand Gervais (dir.). 2008. Montréal : Figura, Centre de recherche sur le texte et l'imaginaire. coll. Figura, vol. 19:2).
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