Percorsi critici sulla letteratura per l'infanzia

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Critical paths on children's literature

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Current literary criticism in Italy has recognised that children’s literature is a complex study field which addresses equally complex problems (Beseghi, 2011). It has gained its own independence and cannot be considered secondary to any other discipline: indeed, it is still difficult to enclose children’s literature within a category able to encompass its multifaceted characteristics. This paper wishes to explore the status quaestionis of children’s literature in Italy, focussing mainly on literature but also on pedagogy. In fact, the literary approach alone does not take into consideration the educational purpose of children’s literature towards young readers, hence the address to pedagogical issues. Such research perspective follows what Lollo (2000) called Pedagogia della forma (pedagogy of aesthetic form): the literary text combines content and aesthetic form to integrate what is said to the way in which it is expressed. The constant exchange between literary text and pedagogical aim is conveyed through reading, which poses yet another research question on educational responsibility in the pedagogy of reading (Bernardinis, 1994). Moreover, such exchange can be studied from a diachronic standpoint involving history and education, which may reconstruct the complex developmental processes in children’s literature in relation to literary works, authors, the publishing system, the media and real readers. This paper aims to clarify how the epistemological study in children’s literature has been structured in Italy in recent decades, showing its development potential but also the difficulties encountered in this process given the multiple perspectives of the disciplines involved.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Critical paths on children's literature
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationLetteratura per l'infanzia
EditorsLorenzo Cantatore Susanna Barsotti
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Italia
  • Italy
  • XX secolo
  • children's literature
  • critica letteraria
  • letteratura per l'infanzia
  • literary criticism
  • xx th Century


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