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Muminalism : Tove Jansson’s Art of the Miniature
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of Culture, Languages and Media (KSM).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2818-3414
2023 (English)In: Nordiques, E-ISSN 2777-8479, Vol. 44Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article I analyze Tove Jansson’s art of the miniature. Drawing on Gaston Bachelard’s conceptualization of the miniature and adapting it to the critical discourse of children’s literature and the miniature, I argue that Jansson’s verbal and visual art in general, and in the Moomin series in particular, can be understood in terms of a “miniaturizing imagination”. Thus, the miniature in Tove Jansson’s work – verbal, visual, artifactual – typically achieves condensation and enrichment rather than reduction, a “poetic space” to use Bachelard’s term. Tove Jansson’s “muminalism” serves to open up the fictional world of the Moomintrolls in an act of fictional world-building.

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Dans cet article, j’analyse l’art de la miniature chez Tove Jansson. En m’appuyant sur la conceptualisation de la miniature de Gaston Bachelard et en l’adaptant au discours critique sur la littérature de jeunesse et la miniature, je soutiens que l’art verbal et visuel de Jansson en général, et dans la série Moomin en particulier, peut être compris en termes d’une « imagination miniaturisante ». Ainsi, la miniature – verbale, visuelle, artefactuelle – dans l’œuvre de Tove Jansson atteint généralement la condensation et l’enrichissement plutôt que la réduction, un « espace poétique » pour reprendre le terme de Bachelard. Le « muminalisme » de Tove Jansson sert à ouvrir le monde fictif des Moomins par un acte de construction d’un monde fictif. 

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Presses Universitaires de Caen, 2023. Vol. 44
Keywords [en]
Jansson (Tove), Moomin, miniature, microcosm, Bachelard (Gaston), poetics of Space, worldbuilding
Keywords [fr]
Jansson (Tove), Moomin, Moumine, miniature, microcosme, Bachelard (Gaston), poétique de l’espace, construction de monde
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-62989OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-62989DiVA, id: diva2:1803029
Available from: 2023-10-06 Created: 2023-10-06 Last updated: 2023-12-06Bibliographically approved

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