Word and image are alchem­i­cal­ly bound in children’s lit­er­a­ture. Lewis Carroll’s Alice is John Tenniel’s Alice. Ken­neth Grahame’s Rat and Mole and Toad are E.H. Shepard’s too. Of course, thou­sands of artists have illus­trat­ed these words in the gen­er­a­tions since …

The Emu and the Lion: A Reflec­tion on Illus­tra­tion for Chil­dren Read more »

Over at Sino-NK, you can now find the con­clud­ing install­ment of my two-part series, explor­ing the child­hood hagiogra­phies of the North Kore­an lead­ers. Last time, I con­sid­ered the ear­ly life of Kim Jong Il, the “heav­en-sent” boy des­tined to become …

Hagiog­ra­phy of the Kims & the Child­hood of Saints: Kim Il Sung Read more »

‘Through lit­er­a­ture, art, song and rit­u­al, North Korea metic­u­lous­ly embeds the child­hoods of its lead­ers in the nation­al con­scious­ness. Imi­tat­ing the medieval lives of saints, and apoc­ryphal infan­cy nar­ra­tives of Christ, the lives of the Great and Dear Leaders–known respectively …

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