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New Trends in Children's Literature Research

Twenty-first Century Approaches (2000-2012) from the University of Vigo (Spain)


Edited By Veljka Ruzicka Kenfel

The purpose of this volume is to present the scientific background of the Children’s Literature and Translation research group, which was established in 1992 at the University of Vigo. In 2006 it was awarded the category of Excellence Research Group. The scientific activities of members over the twenty years it has been in existence have contributed to improving and intensifying research into children’s literature in Spain and also to raising its scientific status. The group has strengthened collaboration with other Spanish universities and opened fruitful cooperation with foreign research centres. This book shows some new research lines we are focussing on and reflects current research trends in Children’s Literature in Spanish universities.
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An Approach to Africanness in Spanish Children’s Literature


Javier de Agustín


Selection, analysis and description of a corpus of fiction sources for children and young readers, composed of 93 African fables, in which we determine the conditions of their genesis, both editorial and textual, the actantial configuration of the stories and their functionality, as well as their adaptation for the transmission of elements of the African imaginary, within a Spanish reception framework.

Key words: Africa, fable, adaptation, reception, reader, interculturality, moral values.

1. Introduction: Africa for children in Spain and the Mundo Negro publishers

The present paper can be placed in the context of our interest in research in the field of African Studies, which in the past ten years has resulted in a series of publications related particularly to missionary linguistics, francophone African literature, documentation applied to African means of communication, and, after our involvement with the research group on children’s and young adult literature at the University of Vigo, the publishing of children’s literature in Africa.

The origin of this work is closely linked to the potential value of the publication of children’s literature as a vector of interculturality, especially in the present century, so deeply marked by migration, communication, social hybridization and collaborative actions, but also by exclusion, lack of understanding, xenophobia and slaveries. More specifically, we asked ourselves the following question: in a country like Spain, in whose society –unlike in the great colonial powers of Africa, such...

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