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Nursery Vision: Reading the Ladybird Books Three Blind Mice

Part of The MERL seminar series: Looking at Ladybird Books
May 10, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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May 10, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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The Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road
Reading, Berkshire RG1 5EX United Kingdom
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Nursery Vision: Reading the Ladybird Book Three Blind Mice

10 May, 12-1pm

Dr Neil Cocks, Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at Reading.

At first sight, the colourful illustrations to The Ladybird Book of Nursery Rhymes might seem simplistic and overly literal depictions of the accompanying verse. Taking Three Blind Mice as its starting point, this talk will argue instead that the relationship between language and picture in this text is complex, and engaging with it can help in thinking through wider challenges involved in the visual representation of vision.

Dr Neil Cocks is Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at Reading. His wide-ranging research interests include children’s literature, visual culture, and psychoanalysis.

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This series of  MERL Seminars: ‘Looking at Ladybird Books‘ is part of the events programme inspired by Ladybird Books: ‘How it Works’, a new exhibition hosted at Reading Museum as part of Museums Partnership Reading, a new cultural initiative funded by Arts Council England. The exhibition presents material from the extensive Ladybird Books Archive housed in the Special Collections at the University of Reading.

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Arts Council England logo, Museums Partnership Reading logo and Ladybird Books logo on an orange background