6 September 2020
16:30 – 17:15
The unique history of Dutch and Flemish children's literature, its past and present
Dutch and Flemish literature for children and teenagers is one of the brightest and most visible phenomena in the modern world literary space. But this phenomenon has been developing longer than you'd have thought. If we dive deeper into the history of the Dutch language and culture, it will become obvious that many of the generally accepted contemporary ideas about the specifics of books for children and childhood as such - respect for the child, gameficiation of knowledge - were already discussed back in the 17th century in the Netherlands! The most important books in the history of world children's literature appeared in the Dutch language back then. And in the middle of 20th century, after World War II, with the active help of the authorities, children's reading was recognized as extremely important and dozens of talented people were tasked with its development. So what made Dutch and Flemish literature so strong and distinctive and which authors from the Netherlands and Flemish region became world famous? You will learn that and more with the help of the researchers of the Dutch and Flemish literature in attendance!