Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Complexities of Babar

Adam Gopnik examines the different interpretations of Jean de Brunhoff's Babar books - an implicit endorsement of French colonialism or a "fable of the difficulties of a bourgeois life" as Gopnik concludes?

While I don't accept the fable argument I think it is a real step forward to see the social values embedded in literature debated in the pages of a mainstream publication like the New Yorker.

The New Yorker article:

The Morgan Library & Museum currently host an online exhibition of original drafts and Watercolours for the first Babar book: