Frederico, Aline. "The Brazilian Postmodern Picturebook: The Visual Construction of Metafiction in Ziraldo’s The Panel Boy." Forum for World Literature Studies 8.(2016): 352–70.
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Language: en: English
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Keywords: "O Menino Quadradinho", Brazil, Children’s and young adults’ comics, Metaisierung, Picture book, Postmodernism, Ziraldo
Collection: Forum for World Literature Studies
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This article conducts a semiotic analysis of the postmodern features of the Brazilian picturebook The Panel Boy (O Menino Quadradinho), by Ziraldo. It tells the story of a boy who lives inside a comic book until is forced to move into a world of prose, where the images, colours and sounds of comics must be left behind and the boy must learn to live in a new form of narrative. The story blends the narrative forms of the picturebook, the comic book and of prose with ambiguous representations that generate uncertainty and indeterminacy in the narrative. Self-reflexive and metafictive, in The Panel Boy the protagonist reflects upon and comments on the nature of these different forms of fiction. Finally, several intertextual and intervisual allusions position the narrative in relation to both fine and commercial art, implicitly discussing the relationship between them and bringing awareness to the fact that the meanings of signs are attributed by the reader in relation to other texts and the context. It concludes with a reflection as to whether the limitations generated by the power imbalance between the child reader and the adults author and mediator within the spectrum of children's literature allow for a truly postmodern picturebook.