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Nature and Becoming in a Picturebook About “Things That Are”

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

Abstract

In her ecocritical reading of the Norwegian picturebook Sånt som er (2010, Things That Are) by Svein Nyhus, the author studies the representations of nature and the child character’s relation to her environment. This chapter examines how this picturebook may both influence and interact with the child reader’s images of nature and natural elements and thus participate in the formation of the child as an ecocitizen. The author draws attention to the both playful and defamiliarizing aesthetic quality of the book, which makes the readers aware of their natural surroundings in ecopoetic ways. The concept of nature offered is manifold and diverse, and the book demonstrates how the affordance of one’s natural surroundings is relative to the perceiver’s experience.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Western Norway University of Applied SciencesBergenNorway

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