Chapter 9. Manifestations of the avant-garde and its legacy in French children’s literature

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The influence of the avant-garde manifested itself very early in French children&#8217;s literature in pioneering works such as &#201;dy Legrand&#8217;s <i>Macao et Cosmage</i> (1919). In the 1930s, Constructivism and Surrealism inspired the children&#8217;s books of Nathalie Parain, and Lise Deharme and Claude Cahun respectively. In the 1960s and 1970s, the avant-garde continued to play a significant role in the works of innovative publishers, such as Delpire, Harlin Quist, Le Sourire qui mort, and Ipom&#233;e, who were determined to revolutionize children&#8217;s books. This chapter examines several landmark books of the avant-garde period and traces the lasting influence of the movement on French children&#8217;s books into the twenty-first century, including the legacy of crossover picturebooks that appeal to both children and adults.


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