Grimms’ Tales research wins international award for academic

A collection of essays on the impact of the popular Grimms’ Tales in different countries published by a Roehampton academic and one of her former students has won an award from the USA-based Children’s Literature Association.

Posted: 23 March 2016

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Grimms' Tales Around the Globe, which has won the Children's Literature Association Award.
Grimms’ Tales Around the Globe is a 320-page book of essays reviewed and edited by Dr Gillian Lathey, senior honorary research fellow at Roehampton, and Professor Vanessa Joosen from the University of Antwerp in Belgium.

The Edited Book Awards are given annually by the association to recognise the contributions of an outstanding edited collections in children's literature history, scholarship, and criticism. Association chair Donelle Ruwe said the decision to give the Honour Award to Dr Lathey and Professor Joosen had been unanimous. She said: “It was a difficult award year with almost 40 essay collections under consideration. There were many excellent competitive titles on topics as wide ranging as global picture books, children in early modern Spain, Twilight, Marxist approaches, Colonial girlhood, and Pollyanna. The committee was full of praise for all of these titles, and we recognised the many years of dedication that went into the final product.”

The Grimms’ stories are among the best-known tales in the world, but the way they have been introduced into and interpreted by different cultures has varied enormously. Dr Lathey and Professor Joosen brought together scholars from Asia, Europe, and North and Latin America to investigate the international reception of the Grimms’ Tales.

The essays offer insights into the social and literary role of the tales in a number of countries and languages. Through the essays, contributors showed some aspects of the tales viewed in the same way around the world, while other parts of the stories have their own localised interpretations.

Dr Lathey and Professor Joosen first began collaborating on children’s literature research when she studied for Roehampton’s MA in Children's Literature as part of the National Centre for Research into Children’s Literature at the University. Dr Lathey was director of the centre from 2004-2015.

The University of Roehampton’s Department of English and Creative Writing has an established history of teaching and research into children’s literature, through its undergraduate and postgraduate degree schemes.

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