Ms Kümmerling-Meibauer new Astrid Lindgren Guest Professor

Last night the new Astrid Lindgren guest professor at Växjö University, the German researcher Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer held a lecture at the Swedish Institute for Children’s Books. The topic was Scandinavia and World Literature for Children. To be defined as World Literature, Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer argued, books need not only to be translated and received internationally, but also give the reader a new perspective on the world by depicting the everyday life of people.

An early example of this is of course The Wonderful Adventures of Nils by Selma Lagerlöf, a book which inspired many authors in especially Europe and South America. Another example is the series of nine photographic books Astrid Lindgren created together with the photographer Anna Riwkin-Brick (pictured below). Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer demonstrated how these books were spread internationally, influenced other authors to create similar books and also gave its young readers an idea of the everyday life of the children that were depicted, in other words: true World Literature.

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