Despite the ongoing pandemic, many Italian and Swedish students and researchers are starting to work on their projects abroad.

Today we are glad to present you Marco Baruzzo, student of Scandinavian Studies in the Language Sciences Master course at Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia.

He is doing a four weeks research for his master’s thesis project at Svenska barnboksinstitutet (The Swedish Institute’s for Children’s Books) in Stockholm.

Thanks to the knowledges gained with his bachelor’s thesis – the analysis of Inger Edelfeldt’s debut novel “Duktig pojke!” (1983) – his study will focus on the way all sexualities and sexual orientations are dealt with in children’s and youth literature. The idea is to read and do a comparative investigation on some recent children’s and youth book, mostly in Sweden but also in Danish and Norwegian.

What are the main trends within the recent “rainbow literature” for children and young people in Scandinavia, especially in Sweden? How are norm-critical sexualities presented to young readers? What kind of language and style do the writers use? Is there actually a boundary between children’s and adult literature?

We will ask these questions to Marco Baruzzo in the next days, so… Stay tuned! 😉


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