Ecocritical Perspectives on Children's Texts and Cultures

Nordic Dialogues

  • Nina Goga
  • Lykke Guanio-Uluru
  • Bjørg Oddrun Hallås
  • Aslaug Nyrnes

Part of the Critical Approaches to Children's Literature book series (CRACL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Nina Goga, Lykke Guanio-Uluru, Bjørg Oddrun Hallås, Aslaug Nyrnes
    Pages 1-23
  3. Ethics and Aesthetics

  4. Landscape

  5. Vegetal

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Lykke Guanio-Uluru
      Pages 125-140
  6. Animal

  7. Human

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Bjørg Oddrun Hallås, Marianne Presthus Heggen
      Pages 259-275
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 293-299

About this book


This volume presents key contributions to the study of ecocriticism in Nordic children’s and YA literary and cultural texts, in dialogue with international classics. It investigates the extent to which texts for children and young adults reflect current environmental concerns. The chapters are grouped into five thematic areas: Ethics and Aesthetics, Landscape, Vegetal, Animal, and Human, and together they explore Nordic representations and a Nordic conception, or feeling, of nature. The textual analyses are complemented with the lived experiences of outdoor learning practices in preschools and schools captured through children’s own statements. The volume highlights the growing influence of posthumanist theory and the continuing traces of anthropocentric concerns within contemporary children’s literature and culture, and a non-dualistic understanding of nature-culture interaction is reflected in the conceptual tool of the volume: The Nature in Culture Matrix.


Young Adult Ecocriticism Nature Nordic Wilderness Idyll Picturebooks Romanticism Anthropocene Education Learning

Editors and affiliations

  • Nina Goga
    • 1
  • Lykke Guanio-Uluru
    • 2
  • Bjørg Oddrun Hallås
    • 3
  • Aslaug Nyrnes
    • 4
  1. 1.Western Norway University of Applied SciencesBergenNorway
  2. 2.Western Norway University of Applied SciencesBergenNorway
  3. 3.Western Norway University of Applied SciencesBergenNorway
  4. 4.Western Norway University of Applied SciencesBergenNorway

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