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Critical Approaches to Children's Literature

Ecocritical Perspectives on Children's Texts and Cultures

Nordic Dialogues

Editors: Goga, N., Guanio-Uluru, L., Hallås, B.O., Nyrnes, A. (Eds.)

  • Fills a gap in international children's literature criticism by focusing on a Nordic corpus
  • Examines a wide variety of media, including picturebooks, graphic novels and story apps
  • Looks at the lived experiences of outdoor learning practices in preschools and schools
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About this book

This volume presents key contributions to the study of ecocriticism in Nordic children’s and YA literary and cultural texts, in dialogue with international classics. It investigates the extent to which texts for children and young adults reflect current environmental concerns. The chapters are grouped into five thematic areas: Ethics and Aesthetics, Landscape, Vegetal, Animal, and Human, and together they explore Nordic representations and a Nordic conception, or feeling, of nature. The textual analyses are complemented with the lived experiences of outdoor learning practices in preschools and schools captured through children’s own statements. The volume highlights the growing influence of posthumanist theory and the continuing traces of anthropocentric concerns within contemporary children’s literature and culture, and a non-dualistic understanding of nature-culture interaction is reflected in the conceptual tool of the volume: The Nature in Culture Matrix.

About the authors

Nina Goga is Professor in Children’s Literature at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway. She is leader of the research group Nature in Children’s Literature and Culture and co-editor of Maps and Mapping in Children’s Literature: Landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes (2017) with Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer.
Lykke Guanio-Uluru is Associate Professor in YA Literature at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway, where she researches literature and ethics with a particular focus on fantasy, the posthuman, and digital games. She is the author of Ethics and Form in Fantasy Literature: Tolkien, Rowling and Meyer (2015).
Bjørg Oddrun Hallås is Professor in Physical Education at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway, and co-editor of Natur og Danning (2015) with Gunnar Karlsen.
Aslaug Nyrnes is Professor in Didactics of Literature and Fine Arts at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway, and Professor II in the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design at the University of Bergen.

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Goga, Nina (et al.)

    Pages 1-23

  • Nature and Becoming in a Picturebook About “Things That Are”

    Røskeland, Marianne

    Pages 27-40

  • Aesthetic Appreciation in Nature and Literature

    Karlsen, Gunnar

    Pages 41-55

  • Children’s Literature as an Exercise in Ecological Thinking

    Goga, Nina

    Pages 57-71

  • The Nordic Winter Pastoral: A Heritage of Romanticism

    Nyrnes, Aslaug

    Pages 75-89

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-90497-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-90496-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ecocritical Perspectives on Children's Texts and Cultures
Book Subtitle
Nordic Dialogues
Editors
  • Nina Goga
  • Lykke Guanio-Uluru
  • Bjørg Oddrun Hallås
  • Aslaug Nyrnes
Series Title
Critical Approaches to Children's Literature
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-90497-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-90497-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-90496-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 299
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 b/w illustrations
Topics