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Roald Dahl auteur-illustrateur : de l’image au texte, les débuts de la genèse de Fantastic Mr Fox

Abstract : The genetic documents for Fantastic Mr Fox, kept in the Roald Dahl Archives in Great Missenden, contain two illustrated notebooks on which the author worked simultaneously on text and illustrations, a unique occurrence in the Dahl files. The genetic study of the documents reveals the importance of visual imagination in the conception of the story and the characters, before any collaboration with an illustrator, and shows the importance of Dahl’s three-dimensional perception of the world, which can be read in the light of Dahl’s past experiences as a pilot. The analysis of those drafts shows that the author had to solve problems linked to the degree of anthropomorphism of the characters, the representation of their sensory experience of the world and the defamiliarisation that entails. It also allows us to discover some new intertextual relationships between Fantastic Mr. Fox and Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows as well as with some of Dahl’s texts, such as The Gremlins or The Minpins.
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Christine Collière-Whiteside. Roald Dahl auteur-illustrateur : de l’image au texte, les débuts de la genèse de Fantastic Mr Fox. Genesis (Manuscrits - Recherche - Invention), Presses universitaires de Paris Sorbonne (PUPS), 2019, pp.69-80. ⟨10.4000/genesis.4044⟩. ⟨halshs-02455308⟩

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