Umelecký text ako interpretačný problém a podnet pre estetickú výchovu: k problematike interpretácie grafickej knihy Shauna Tana Pravidlá leta

Martina Petríková


The paper deals with Shaun Tan ́s picture book Rules of Summer (2013, in Czech – Pravidla léta, 2014). The book may be included in literature "from interface", therefore in the context of literature for children and youth, but also in literature for adult recipients. The literary text is semantically intensified with illustrations, because "contents" of knowledge that are received by central characters are represented by brilliant images of emotional memory and subconscious of the boy. In his book author shows the peripheral areas and segments (road, factory, the building with tanks, junkyard, etc.) and subjects (boys, mechanical beings). He chooses forgotten spaces (buildings),
summer vacation time as the time for releasing imagination and tells about childhood and child, about the power of friendship through the symbolic meaning of space and time, extraordinary storylines and objects that are enriched with the imaginative aspect. As the name of Tan's picture book implies, the author has specified the time during which the rules of friendship are defined as elemental human bond at the "periphery" of the company or in the industrialized world. Selected artistic text as a problem of interpretation and an object of art theory reflection can become an aesthetic education initiative.


artistic text; graphic story; motif; genre; interpretation

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