UBC Theses and Dissertations

UBC Theses Logo

UBC Theses and Dissertations

An examination of literary and structural aspects of Shaun Tan’s picturebooks and their conveyance of social issues Smith, Meaghan


This thesis examines the way format, content and linguistic elements convey social issues portrayed in picturebooks. Drawing on David Lewis’ theory of the picturebook as process, three works by Shaun Tan, The Arrival, The Rabbits, and The Red Tree, are analyzed. These analyses illustrate how Tan uses the interplay between text and illustration to provide social commentary on immigration, colonialism, and depression respectively.

Item Media

Item Citations and Data


Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International