Karin Michaëlis’ „Bibi“ books

Anna Wegener

Karin Michaëlis’ „Bibi“ books

Producing, Rewriting, Reading and Continuing a Children’s Fiction Series, 1927–1953

TRANSÜD. Arbeiten zur Theorie und Praxis des Übersetzens und Dolmetschens, Volume 114

ISBN
978-3-7329-0588-1 9783732905881
Date of appearance
2021
Language
English
Binding
Paperback
Pages
400
Format
14.8 × 21.0 cm (B × H)
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Price
39.80 €

Contents

Karin Michaëlis (1872–1950) was one of the most important Danish authors of the early 20th century and achieved enormous international success with her Bibi books about the life and adventures of a free-spirited Danish girl named Bibi. The series was not particularly popular in the author’s native country, however. This book unravels the intricate reasons behind the strikingly asymmetrical reception of the Bibi series at home and abroad while at the same time deconstructing this home-abroad dichotomy by showing that the Bibi books are an example of transnational children’s literature. They did not have their “home” in Denmark in that Karin Michaëlis wrote them specifically for foreign publishers, first and foremost the German Herbert Stuffer. The book further argues that the Danish texts are rewritings rather than originals and explores some of the salient textual features of the Danish and German Bibi books. Finally, it examines the series’ reception by young Italian readers in Fascist Italy and Karin Michaëlis’ Italian translator.

Author

Anna Wegener is currently the Amanuensis for The Danish Academy in Rome and, from spring 2021, will be an Assistant Professor (Ricercatrice) in Scandinavian Languages and Literatures at the University of Florence. Her main research interests are translation studies, children’s literature, the history of cultural relations between Scandinavia and Italy, language didactics, and the Italian reception of H. C. Andersen.

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