Another History of The Children's Picture Book: from Soviet Lithu

Another History of The Children's Picture Book: from Soviet Lithu


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This book calls for a re-imagining of global picture book history: with the former Soviet Union at the centre of this narrative web. The result of an unusual collaboration between India and Lithuania, the book looks at two different global impacts of the Soviet picture book enterprise. At a particular period in Indian history, cheaply available Soviet picture books, in English and vernacular translations, changed the way Indian children read. This was part of the Soviet Union's efforts to spread 'socialist' culture across the world. Meanwhile, a different and more problematic kind of cultural 'globalization' was underway in the regions governed by the Soviet State, and Lithuania is a rich case in point.A sumptuous and unusual archive of art has been mined to go with this history: from socialist realist art to classic examples of the Lithuanian primitive-modern, many of the images in the book are featured in an English language publication for the first time.

About Author

Professor Dr. Giedre Jankeviciute (b. 1960, Vilnius, Lithuania) is a leading researcher at the Department of the Art History and Visual Culture of Lithuanian Culture Research Institute. She also teaches the history of modern art and social art history at Vilnius Art Academy. She has read papers in numerous conferences and symposiums on modern art history, and has published a series of articles, based on her research, in Britain, Estonian, German, Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish, Taiwanese and American academic reviews and journals, edited paper collections and catalogues of the exhibitions of the Lithuanian art of the 20th century. As a curator, she collaborated with Lithuanian national art museums in Vilnius and Kaunas, and with numerous Lithuanian galleries and local museums. Among them, she has curated graphic art and book illustrations exhibitions in Graphic Art Center of Vilnius; Internationale Jugendbibliothek in Munich, Germany; Archiginnasio and S. Giorgio in Poggiale, Bologna, Italy. Lithuanian graphic art and graphic design has been among her research interests since 1998, when she worked on the exhibition on art deco in Lithuania. Later, she edited numerous catalogues of the graphic art exhibitions, curated by herself, including Illustrarium: Soviet Lithuanian Children's Book Illustration (2011). She has also written The Graphic Arts in Lithuania 1918-1940 (2008; the bilingual Lithuanian-English edition). V. Geetha is a writer, translator, social historian, activist and freelance editor with a number of small research journals. A leading intellectual from Tamil Nadu, she has been active in the Indian women's movement since 1988, organising workshops and conferences. She has written widely, both in Tamil and English, on gender, popular culture, caste, and politics of Tamil Nadu.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9789383145454
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 176
  • ID: 9789383145454
  • weight: 960
  • ISBN10: 9383145455

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