In this thesis, I examine picturebook narratives of bodily transformation from a narratological lens, analyzing existing criticisms and arguing for a serious study of the picturebook. Through these texts of bodily transformation, I explore the picturebook’s nonlinear, often recursive structure, as well as the narratological impact(s) of metafiction upon these texts. I conclude these analyses by examining where each of these two narrative elements push against and/or build upon the other. These texts, I argue, can get away with murder, bodily harm, transformation, etc. because of the ways linearity and metafiction both confine and release these narratives to/from the pages of their respective books.
Woodward, Abigail, "We'll Eat You Up We Love You So: The Narratological Implications of Bodily Harm in the Picture Book" (2015). English Honors Papers. 24.
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