«pl.it / rassegna italiana di argomenti polacchi», 9, 2018, pp. 47-66

Beata Śniecikowska

Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Interaktywne jaskółki intermediów? O Franciszki i Stefana Themersonów książkach dla dzieci

The intermedial and interactive in interwar Poland? The book art of Franciszka and Stefan Themerson

ABSTRACT. The article discusses interactivity and intermediality in the output of the Polish avant-garde artists Franciszka and Stefan Themerson. The author claims that their two-dimensional works created in the 1930s and addressed at children are early examples of interactive strategies activating young readers in search for understanding of the modern world. Non-traditional illustrations, experimental typography and texts far from ‘classical’ literature for children form inseparable verbo-visual entities (named ‘wordgraphy’) where words and images are of equal importance. What happens between the engaged media proves most interesting and most innovative.

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