Brave New Worlds. Old and New Classics of Children’s Literatures
11-12 June 2009
This conference wishes to stimulate the interest of academics, scholars, writers and translators in the themes of childhood and its literature: according to the United Nations International Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), a child is every human being under 18.
Children’s books (influenced by the constantly changing social role of the child, conditioned by economic, demographic, political and commercial factors) have recently enjoyed global success with Harry Potter – perhaps, a “new” classic – and the film adaptations of some “old” classics such as The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia.
The conference will discuss “old and new” children’s literature classics, their responsibility in transmitting cultural values and reflecting ideologies, and will look at the ways national canons of children’s literature are constructed and de-constructed in contemporary culture.
A panel will be devoted to the interlinguistic translation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and to the intersemiotic translation of The Adventures of Pinocchio.
Anne Fine (Children’s writer), Peter Hunt (Cardiff University), Sandra Beckett (Brock University, Canada), Jean Perrot (International Institute Charles Perrault, Paris), Alessandro Serpieri (Florence, Italy), Morag Styles (Homerton College, Cambridge University), Anja Muller (University of Bamberg, Germany), Roberto D’Ajello (Naples, Italy), Mauro Evangelista (children’s illustrator, Italy).
A programme and details are attached
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