Representations of Museums and Museum visits in narrative picturebooks

Frank Serafini, Danielle Rylak

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Drawing on a range of theoretical frameworks to illuminate various aspects of visual and textual representations, this study analyses the ways museums, museum visits, and museum exhibits and activities are represented in contemporary narrative picturebooks featuring a child character going to a museum for a variety of reasons. Analysis of approximately fifty museum picturebooks using a multimodal content analysis tool led to the construction of findings in the following themes: representations of museums; representations of museum exhibits; museum visitors; reasons for museum visits; museum activities and events; children's attitudes while visiting museums; and metaleptic transgressions in picturebook representations. The findings suggest the potential implications of these multimodal texts in the hands of teachers and young readers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-62
Number of pages18
JournalLibri et Liberi
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Multimodal content analysis
  • Museums
  • Picturebooks
  • Representations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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