Chapter three considers McCay's depiction of childhood and the imagination in Little Nemo. Images glorifying childhood as a period of unfettered creativity dominated early twentieth-century American fiction, magazines, and comics. Children's novels, including Baum's Wizard of Oz, and comics such as Peter Newell's The Dreams of Polly Sleepyhead attest to a widespread interest in the imaginative child. From the advertisements of Maxfield Parrish to Jessie Willcox Smith's picture book illustrations, the cultural fascination with youthful dreamers was pervasive. McCay drew upon children's literature when creating his protagonist Nemo, a wide-eyed boy whose bed becomes the vehicle for his imagination. The children's publishing industry, including picture books, juvenile magazines and newspaper comic strips, directed its products at different class-based audiences. McCay recognized that the distinctions drawn between these media were permeable. He tested and manipulated visual codes to produce work that would appeal to a mixed class audience.
University Press of Mississippi requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.