"Talking" containers. Visual heterotopias in the picturebooks illustrated by Svein Nyhus

Hanna Dymel-Trzebiatowska


The article discusses picturebooks illustrated by a Norwegian artist, Svein Nyhus, to show his specific symbolic manner of depicting the child’s environment. It is argued that the illustrator employs characteristic recurrent elements of home representations and elaborates an interesting interplay of outer and inner spaces, consistently focusing the child’s perspective. This is demonstrated by an analysis of four picturebooks by the Norwegian artist: Pappa!(1998, Daddy!), Snill (2002, Nice), Sinna mann (2003, Angry Man)and Håret till mamma (2007, Mum’s Hair). The books have been regarded as ambitious literature for children, addressing difficult issues or even sometimes breaking a taboo. To show Nyhus’ visual method of thematising childhood’s traumas in relation to a home space is also one of the aims of the paper. The analysis of visual content is carried out with references to the textual narratives, drawing on ideas about heterotopia by Michel Foucault (1984), selfeffacement by Karen Horney (1997) and the poetics of space by Gaston Bachelard (1969).
Author Hanna Dymel-Trzebiatowska (FL/ISS)
Hanna Dymel-Trzebiatowska,,
- Institute of Scandinavian Studies
Journal seriesFolia Scandinavica Posnaniensia, ISSN 1230-4786, (C 10 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.60
Keywords in Englishpicturebook, Svein Nyhus, home representation, heterotopia, mindscape
URL https://pressto.amu.edu.pl/index.php/fsp/article/download/18479/18262
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); published final; Uznanie Autorstwa - Użycie Niekomercyjne - Bez utworów zależnych (CC-BY-NC-ND); with publication
Score (nominal)10
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ScoreMinisterial score = 10.0, 06-02-2020, ArticleFromJournal
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