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Ethnic-Cultural Diversity in Nordic Children’s & Young-Adult Literature

We invite submissions for a special issue of Barnboken for articles engaging with ethnic and cultural diversity as well as in- or exclusion in Nordic children’s and young-adult literature. Although scholars of children’s literature have increasingly considered children’s literature’s commitment to societal issues related to race, nation, and ethnic and cultural identity, the Nordic context has been largely ignored... Read more


Silence and Silencing in Children’s Literature

Children’s literature has often been implicated in a widespread and deeply rooted discourse of silence and silencing, which draws on the idea that “children should be seen but not heard.” In traditional didactic children’s literature we find many texts that either directly or indirectly advocate that children should be silent. Indeed, reading itself may be an effective silencing strategy... Read more


Tema Ulf Stark / Theme: Ulf Stark

Ulf Stark (1944–2017) var en av Sveriges främsta barn- och ungdomsboksförfattare. Han debuterade 1964 med diktsamlingen Ett hål till livet och hans första barnbok var Petter och den röda fågeln (1975). Det litterära genombrottet kom med ungdomsboken Dårfinkar och dönickar (1984), som vann Bonniers Juniorförlags barnbokspristävling. Flera av Ulf Starks böcker utspelas i hans barndoms Stureby och har självbiografiska inslag.

Ulf Stark (1944-2017) was one of Sweden’s most prominent children’s and young adult writers. He made his debut as a writer in 1964 with a collection of poems called Ett hål till livet (“A hole to life”), and his first children’s book, Petter och den röda fågeln (“Petter and the red bird”) was published in 1975. Stark’s breakthrough came in 1984 when his young adult novel Dårfinkar och dönickar (Fruitloops & Dipsticks) won first prize in a competition arranged by the publisher Bonnier Juniorförlag. Read more...