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Kokkola, Lydia – Children's Literature in Education, 2019
This paper draws on two forms of cognitive studies to examine how a minority language literature cultivates feelings of in-group belonging. The minority in focus are the Tornedalingar: Swedish nationals who live near the Torne River which marks the border with Finland. The official language of the Tornedalingar is "Meänkieli" which…
Descriptors: Language Minorities, Childrens Literature, Official Languages, Cultural Influences
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Fjällström, Eva; Kokkola, Lydia – Children's Literature in Education, 2015
Resisting the will to empathise with a focalised character is assumed to be difficult for young readers, yet empirical evidence on how they actually respond is limited. This paper combines recent insights gleaned from cognitive literary studies with a small-scale empirical study of thirty-five Swedish adolescents reading an Irish short story in…
Descriptors: Reader Response, Foreign Countries, Adolescents, Fiction
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Sundmark, Björn – Children's Literature in Education, 2014
In this article the Viking motif in children's literature is explored--from its roots in (adult) nationalist and antiquarian discourse, over pedagogical and historical texts for children, to the eventual diversification (or dissolution) of the motif into different genres and forms. The focus is on Swedish Viking narratives, but points of…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Foreign Countries, Swedish, English Literature
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Sundmark, Bjorn – Children's Literature in Education, 2009
"The Wonderful Adventures of Nils" (1906-1907) by Selma Lagerlof and "Scouting for Boys" (1908) by Robert Baden-Powell are characteristic of their time and their respective national and cultural contexts--the Swedish nation state of the early twentieth century and the British Empire. Taking its cue from recent theories on…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Citizenship, Males, Cultural Context