The Symbiotic Child – Rethinking the Vegetal through Children’s Literature

Nous avons le plaisir d’annoncer le 6th International Seminar « New Directions in Children’s Literature Research » qui sera intitulé The Symbiotic Child: Rethinking the Vegetal through Children’s Literature. Organisé par Marnie Campagnaro (Université de Padoue), il se déroulera en ligne les 8 et 9 avril 2021.

Much has been said about the importance for children to be aware of, respect, appreciate and comprehend the subjectivity of another. From this perspective, animals and nature play an important role because children seem to be able to quickly develop a deep and long-term intimate association with other species. Although the exposure of children to nature through books has been declining in many ways, representations of symbiotic interactions between children and other species are quite common in children’s literature. However, contemporary research emphasises that there has been a shift in children’s books towards a more innovative eco-evolutionary approach. The aim of this conference is to investigate the shift that has occurred in both children’s fiction and nonfiction and to explore some research paths with scholars and authors that can help to expand children’s literature horizons and environmental awareness.

Cécile Boulaire

maître de conférences HDR à l'Université de Tours, est spécialisée en littérature pour la jeunesse.

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