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  • Teacher Emma Beseghi

  • Credits 8

  • SSD M-PED/02

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Course Timetable from Feb 11, 2019 to Apr 29, 2019

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student: - knows the main theoretical references and the cultural complexity of the history of the children's illustrations; - knows the intersections between visual and narrative in the production of books and illustrated books, and knows how to orient himself between the different languages and references to the figurative features of the editorial production for childhood; - knows and masters the instruments of pedagogical reflexivity with which childhood literature looks at the illustration; - is aware of the artistic, expressive and communicative potential of the illustrations; - knows the fundamental role of children's editorial production and has interpretative categories to make autonomous and conscious choices; - is able to design and activate paths centered around the drawing that take into account both the specific visual skills and the peculiar interaction with early childhood and, therefore, of the unique relationship between children and figures; - is able to deepen its knowledge about drawing in the history of childhood literature.

Course contents

The course presents bibliographic and thematic threads that help discover the picturebook in its most meaningful examples, from the second half of the Nineteenth century to our days. An itinerary to learn to “read” children’s books illustrations and to reflect on their role in the development of a taste able to recognize and refuse stereotyped products. Picturebooks have a huge emotional and cognitive attraction, they allow interesting ermeneutic researches, they raise deep, sometimes difficult and uncanny questions, they represent a gallery of feelings, and the course means to retrace the poetic of this very complex medium. A reading of several masterpieces will be offered, so as a study of some of the most interesting picturebooks authors/illustrators. The course will help understand the picturebook as a surprising medium, able to offer unique opportunities of sentimental, esthetic, ethic and literary education.


To pass the exam, the student will have to study some critical books (listed below) and become familiar with the picturebook shelf, out of which he/she will have to chose and prepare a scholarly reading of at least 5 examples (among the ones listed below).


1) M.Terrusi, Albi illustrati . Leggere, guardare, nominare il mondo nei libri per l'infanzia. Carocci Roma 2012.

2)M.Terrusi, Meraviglie mute. Silent book e letteratura per l'infanzia. Carocci Roma 2017


3) Hamelin,A occhi aperti, Donzelli Roma 2012.

3) A.Faeti, Guardare le figure, Donzelli Roma 2012. Introduzione e primo capitolo.

4) E.Beseghi, Infanzia e racconto, Bup Bologna 2008, Capitolo sesto.


C.Collodi, Le avventure di Pinocchio, Illustrazione di Roberto Innocenti, La Margherita, Milano 2005.

L.Leonni, Piccolo Blu e Piccolo Giallo, Babalibri Milano 1999.

M. Sendak, Nel paese dei mostri selvaggi, Babalibri Milano 1999.

M.Ramos, Sono io il più forte!, Bablibri Milano 2002.

W.Erlbruch, L'anatra, la morte e il tulipano, e/o Roma 2007.

Teaching methods

The course will make connections between the themes dealt with in the critical texts and some specific examples of them in order to understand how to activate an ermeneutic of the picturebook.

Assessment methods

The exam is oral and made of individual interviews. In it, the theoric knowledge, the linguistic fluency, the ability to organize the information offered by the course and the texts will be verified.

Teaching tools

Video, dvd, picturebooks

Office hours

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