Fun and Military Games: The War in German Picturebooks, 1914-1915

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Leading up to the First World War, German children’s books, in line with the general militarisation of culture, were published in the service of patriotic education and to prepare children for the war. During the war years, enthusiasm for the conflict was encouraged by books which celebrated military action and justified ‘necessary’ sacrifices. This chapter examines how the special emotional appeal of picturebooks, which work with both word and images, and the way in which they lend themselves to travesty and caricature were exploited to make military matters and war exciting and entertaining. It looks at a variety of predominantly comic representations of children playacting soldiers and war in picturebooks and illustrated material with a war theme issued in Germany and Austria in 1914 and 1915, with a special focus on the double address. In these books, war is offered to child readers as an arena in which their desire to emulate adults, and especially their fantasies of omnipotence, can be satisfied; at the same time children playacting war in these picturebooks is clearly aimed to entertain and delight adult readers.
OriginalspracheEnglisch
TitelChildren's Literature and Culture of the First World War
HerausgeberLissa Paul, Rosemary R. Johnston, Emma Short
Anzahl der Seiten17
ErscheinungsortNew York
VerlagRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group (GB)
Datum2016
Seiten197-213
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-94783-2
ISBN (elektronisch)978-1-315-66862-8
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PublikationsstatusErschienen - 2016