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Almgren White, AnetteORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-8031-5146
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Almgren White, A. (2018). An overview of diverse representation in children’s books from publishing houses in Sweden. In: : . Paper presented at International Symposium on Diversity in Children’s Literature, Linnaeus University April 26–27, 2018, Växjö, Sweden.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>An overview of diverse representation in children’s books from publishing houses in Sweden
2018 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed)
National Category
General Literature Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-39321 (URN)
Conference
International Symposium on Diversity in Children’s Literature, Linnaeus University April 26–27, 2018, Växjö, Sweden
Available from: 2018-05-03 Created: 2018-05-03 Last updated: 2019-02-21Bibliographically approved
Almgren White, A. (2018). Climate change and its effect on the relation between Man and other Species in two Children’s Picture books. In: : . Paper presented at Second Workshop of the Ecocritical Network for Scandinavian Studies,Bergen, Norway, 25-26 October, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Climate change and its effect on the relation between Man and other Species in two Children’s Picture books
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The text analyzes and compares the presence of the Anthropocene discourse in picture books from the northern hemisphere, both published in 2007, I skogen (In the wood) by Swedish author Eva Lindström and Winston of Churchill: One Bear’s Battle Against Global Warming by Canadian Jean Davis Okimoto. The books depict the tripartite relation between man-animal-nature as interdependent, but differently. While the Canadian book has an overt mission to enlighten the public about the effects of climate change for the artic region, in the Swedish book there is no overt message, but can be spotted and understood from an ecocritical perspective.

 

According to Anthropocene discourse nature is no longer a passive and static context for human actions (Crutzen 2000) and human control is an illusion (Carson 2002) [1962]. With Darwin man is defined as one species among many and after the rise of Ecology man is regarded as a species subsumed into an ecosystem. Ecologist Tormod Valaand Burkey advocates therefore for a new ethics where economy and man´s practices and values must adapt to a larger ecological context (2013).

 

The picture book analysis focuses on the combined pictorial and verbal narrative depiction of climate change and its threat to biodiversity. The focus is on how the representation of man as a species is depicted as well as its relation to other species of fauna and flora. The analysis will concentrate on attitudes, actions and ethical values expressed by protagonists when dealing with climate change in relation to an ecological ethics where human rights are closely knit with animal rights and biodiversity.  

National Category
General Literature Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-42050 (URN)
Conference
Second Workshop of the Ecocritical Network for Scandinavian Studies,Bergen, Norway, 25-26 October, 2018
Available from: 2018-11-15 Created: 2018-11-15 Last updated: 2019-02-21Bibliographically approved
Almgren White, A. (2018). Visual poetry in poetical picturebooks. In: : . Paper presented at 2018 Picturebooks Conference, Synergy and Contradiction: How Picturebooks and Picture Books Work, September 6th - 8th, 2018, Cambridge, UK.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Visual poetry in poetical picturebooks
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Since modernism picturebook typography and its visual display in cooperation with the image have been used to produce iconotext (Druker 2008; Beckett 2012). Typographical arrangement can for example create the illusion of movement, time and space and sonorous effects (Druker 2008). It can also imitate a still image as is the case in artists’ books (Beckett 2012). The use of picturebook typography has parallels to visual poetry (Druker 2008). The connection Druker detects between visual poetry and picturebook text has, however, major focus on the influences on the plot, character and setting, and less on the influences from the poetry-genre.

During the last decades picturebooks with traits that correspond to those defining the genre of poetry have emerged. (Rhedin 2004). The poetical picturebook is characterized by Rhedin as depicting rather than narrating, but her focus is mainly on the picturebook illustration, not on the poetical traits of the text.

The aim of this paper is therefore to explore the influence of poetry in the text of poetical picturebooks and contribute with knowledge about how the use of visual devices in cooperation with the picturebook image creates a poetic iconotext. What influences from poetry in the picturebook text, and particularly from visual poetry, can be found in the material?

This study will be carried out by combining findings by Druker and Beckett with Rhedin’s about the poetical traits in picturebooks, but also by adding theories/findings concerning visual aspects of poetry (Olsson 2007; Elleström 2011) and poetry combined with images (Almgren White 2011). Elleström develops a typology for visual iconicity of poetry and distinguishes between visual and auditive material signs, that also will be tested.

The expected result is to show examples of how the figurative language of poetry about instant moments, atmospheres, emotions and mental states contributes visually to create a poetic iconotext.

National Category
General Literature Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-41438 (URN)
Conference
2018 Picturebooks Conference, Synergy and Contradiction: How Picturebooks and Picture Books Work, September 6th - 8th, 2018, Cambridge, UK
Available from: 2018-09-14 Created: 2018-09-14 Last updated: 2019-02-21Bibliographically approved
Svensson, A., Almgren White, A. & Haglind, T. (2017). Textuniversum och gränsöverskridande lärande. In: : . Paper presented at Sjätte nordiska konferensen i modersmålsdidaktisk forskning (NNMF 6), Odense, Danmark 30 nov - 1 dec, 2017. Odense: Syddansk Universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Textuniversum och gränsöverskridande lärande
2017 (Swedish)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Odense: Syddansk Universitet, 2017
National Category
Learning
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-38155 (URN)
Conference
Sjätte nordiska konferensen i modersmålsdidaktisk forskning (NNMF 6), Odense, Danmark 30 nov - 1 dec, 2017
Available from: 2017-12-14 Created: 2017-12-14 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
Almgren White, A. (2016). Culture and identity: Popular culture as characterizing device in Håkan Nesser’s sister novels Kim Novak badade aldrig i Genesarets sjö (1998) and Och Piccadilly Circus ligger inte i Kumla (2002). In: : . Paper presented at 106th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, April 28-30, 2016, New Orleans, LA, USA.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Culture and identity: Popular culture as characterizing device in Håkan Nesser’s sister novels Kim Novak badade aldrig i Genesarets sjö (1998) and Och Piccadilly Circus ligger inte i Kumla (2002)
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Nesser’s most popular crime novel Kim Novak and its pendant Piccadilly, set in the 1960’s in Midsweden, share time, location, and the adolescence’s search for identity. In that quest the merging popular culture plays an important role. (Grossberg 1997) Nesser catches the characteristics of the time; Erik, 14 years, reads and writes comics; Mauritz, 17 years, listens to the latest pop music and constantly adds to his album collection. He also writes poetry and reads classics while listening to his rock music. The preferences of music, film and literature as well as the media practices by the protagonists convey authenticity to the setting but also serve as a narrative device to characterize the protagonists. The paper illustrates how the references to popular culture are used to depict the complexity and the dynamics of the main characters’ development.

National Category
General Literature Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-29947 (URN)
Conference
106th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, April 28-30, 2016, New Orleans, LA, USA
Available from: 2016-05-18 Created: 2016-05-18 Last updated: 2017-10-02Bibliographically approved
Almgren White, A. (2016). "No country for artsy women?": Bilderboksrepresentationer av svenska konstnärer och konstnärskap på den svenska marknaden. In: Nordisk forskarkonferens 2016: Med bilden i fokus.. Paper presented at Svenska barnboksinstitutet. Stockholm, August 29-Sept 1, 2016..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"No country for artsy women?": Bilderboksrepresentationer av svenska konstnärer och konstnärskap på den svenska marknaden
2016 (Swedish)In: Nordisk forskarkonferens 2016: Med bilden i fokus., 2016Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [sv]

Konstetablissemanget speglar en patriarkal värld i vilken olika spelregler gäller för kvinnor och män. Detta förhållande påkallar en undersökning för hur förutsättningarna ter sig för manligt och kvinnligt konstnärskap i bilderböcker i barnlitteraturen. Den västerländska bilderboken är ett lämpligt undersökningsobjekt eftersom den sedan modernismen har varit en konstform som uttrycker, speglar och experimenterar med bildkonst och konstnärskap. (Beckett 2012, Druker 2008). Beckett undersöker i sin översikt av crossover-bilderböcker en del av detta fenomen, nämligen bilderböcker som alluderar till bildkonst. I hennes redogörelse framkommer det att anmärkningsvärt få böcker handlar om kvinnliga konstnärer, liksom om konst skapad av kvinnor, Frida Kahlo undantagen. Om Becketts översikt är representativ bekräftar den att framställningar av kvinnligt konstnärskapande är försummat i bilderböcker. 

Syftet med mitt paper är sålunda att studera hur bildkonstnärer och konstnärlig aktivitet representeras på den svenska bilderboksmarknaden med hänsyn till genus. Till min hjälp har jag genusstudier utförda på barnlitteratur (Andrae 2001, Söderberg et al. 2013) och på bilderböcker (Österlund 2009). Min metod är att jämföra framställningar av kvinnliga och manliga konstnärliga aktiviteter ur ett genusperspektiv. Min analys kommer också att inkludera en inledande kvantitativ undersökning av bilderböcker som behandlar konstnärer och konstnärlig kreativitet på marknaden. Hur många är de? Hur många representerar kvinnors konstskapande? Min avsikt är att kvantifiera antalet böcker som behandlar kvinnliga konstnärer i förhållande till manliga, liksom att skissera typiska karakteristiska i dessa bilderböcker för konstnärskap och konstnärlighet med hänsyn till genusmönster.

Föredraget kommer att ge exempel på representationer av konstnärskap i vilken också paratexter (biografier och marknadsföring) har undersökts. Den preliminära studien är ur ett genusperspektiv betraktad en besvikelse (2014). Det finns inte en enda bilderbok som endast ägnar sig åt en svensk kvinnlig konstnär. I de fall de förekommer är de i egenskap av hustru, till exempel Karin Larsson i böcker om maken Carl.

Eftersom den kvinnliga konstnären är marginaliserad är nästa steg att finna ut om och hur kvinnligt konstnärskap kan definieras i andra termer än manligt? I så fall, hur ser villkoren ut? Eftersom materialet är så tunt med historiska karaktärer kommer jag att inkludera bilderböcker som porträtterar fiktiva karaktärers kreativa aktiviteter, till exempel Lundbergs Vita Streck, Wirséns Nallen och Höglunds Mina, vilka kan betecknas som konstnärliga, om än inte utifrån ett konventionellt synsätt. 

Keywords
picturebook representations of artistry, normativity, gender aspects, bilderboksrepresentationer av konstnärskap, normkritik, genusperspektiv
National Category
Humanities General Literature Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34430 (URN)
Conference
Svenska barnboksinstitutet. Stockholm, August 29-Sept 1, 2016.
Available from: 2016-12-19 Created: 2016-12-19 Last updated: 2017-10-02
Almgren White, A. (2016). Transmediations of the Anthropocene – Climate change and its effect on the relation between Man and other Species in Children’s Picture books. In: Transmediatons! Communications across Media Borders:: Abstracts.. Paper presented at Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden, October 13-15, 2016..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Transmediations of the Anthropocene – Climate change and its effect on the relation between Man and other Species in Children’s Picture books
2016 (English)In: Transmediatons! Communications across Media Borders:: Abstracts., 2016Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to investigate transmediations of the Anthropocene discourse into two picture books from the northern hemisphere, both published in 2007, I skogen (In the wood) by Eva Lindström and Winston of Churchill: One Bear’s Battle Against Global Warming by Jean Davis Okimoto.  The analysis is focused on how the combined pictorial and verbal narrative transmediate scientific media of climate change and its threat to biodiversity. The focus is on how the representation of man as a species is transmediated as well as its relation to other species of fauna and flora. In the Anthropocene discourse nature is no longer a passive and static context for human actions. (Crutzen 2002).  Rachel Carson was among the first to state that the human control of nature is an illusion born in an age “when it was supposed that nature exists for the convenience of man”. (2002)[1962]. Since Darwin man is defined as one species among many and since the rise of Ecology man is defined as a species subsumed into an ecosystem. Ecologist Tormod Valaand Burkey sketches an ethics where economy and man´s practices and values must adapt to a larger ecological context (2013). In this paper I will direct my attention to how man is depicted in relation to other species of fauna and flora from an ecological perspective. The analysis will concentrate on attitudes, actions and ethical values shown by protagonists when dealing with climate change in relation to an Anthropocene ethics where human rights are closely knit with animal rights and biodiversity. 

Keywords
Anthropocene, transmediations, picturebook, climate change
National Category
General Literature Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34431 (URN)
Conference
Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden, October 13-15, 2016.
Projects
Transmediating the Anthropocene
Available from: 2016-12-19 Created: 2016-12-19 Last updated: 2017-10-02Bibliographically approved
Almgren White, A. (2015). Bilder av Alma i Katthult: Emils skrivande mamma i intermedial belysning (1ed.). In: Helene Ehriander Martin Hellström (Ed.), Nya läsningar av Astrid Lindgrens författarskap: (pp. 194-213). Stockholm: Liber
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Bilder av Alma i Katthult: Emils skrivande mamma i intermedial belysning
2015 (Swedish)In: Nya läsningar av Astrid Lindgrens författarskap / [ed] Helene Ehriander Martin Hellström, Stockholm: Liber, 2015, 1, p. 194-213Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Liber, 2015 Edition: 1
Keywords
children's literature, intermediality, text and image, illustrated novel, Astrid Lindgren, barnlitteratur, intermedialitet, bild-och textanalys, illustrerad roman, Astrid Lindgren
National Category
Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-31084 (URN)9789147114955 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-07-08 Created: 2016-07-08 Last updated: 2016-07-08
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