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(Un)mighty Eco-friendly Children: Imported views on environmental challenges from Swedish picture books translated to English
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Institute for Interpreting and Translation Studies. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2639-6042
2023 (English)In: Internation Research Society in Children's Literature (IRSCL), Santa Barbara, USA, 12-17 September 2023: Ecologies of Childhood, 2023Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Considering translation as a cultural product, it is possible to explore environmental imaginary (Kato and Allen 2014) through translated literature. Sweden, as a Scandinavian country, has a specific link to nature that may be different from the rest of the world (Duckworth 2021). This presentation aims to explore Swedish picture books translated into English (United-Kingdom) for the last decade and analyse how this translated children’s literature may create an understanding of the environmental challenges and contribute to sustainable development. The study is based on an original database which identifies Swedish picture books translated to English (UK) since 2012 and categorizes them according to two major movements: books which directly talk about environmental challenges and those which evoke them indirectly. From this corpus, an analyse based on concepts from ecocriticism (Goga 2018) will focus on which solutions that are proposed (e.g. activism or romantic sustainability) and the role children play in sustainable development. Finally, the analyse will focus on what the choices of translated picture books from Swedish to English tell us about English conceptions on children’s role in environmental topics. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2023.
Keywords [en]
eco-criticism, literary exchanges, Swedish children's literature, translation, environmental challenges, picture-books
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Translation Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-223120OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-223120DiVA, id: diva2:1806385
Conference
The 26th Biennial International Research Society for Children's Literature (IRSCL) 2023 Congress, California, USA, August 12-16, 2023
Available from: 2023-10-20 Created: 2023-10-20 Last updated: 2023-10-23Bibliographically approved

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