Canonical adult works of fiction travel across national boundaries more easily.
The comparative view is needed. But this would be an injustice, I believe. Often his interest has been prompted by an early Swedish translation, usually from German, French or English, from which he proceeds to track down preceding versions and variants in different languages.
Here the qualities of the comparatist and the meticulous scholar are joined. Only someone who is ready to cross borders and able to do research in four or five languages could have untangled the publishing mysteries involved in the case of Berquin. Both in the preface and in the concluding essay Klingberg voices concern that so much of his work is inaccessible to experts in the field.
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Michael Rosen, in The Newsletter of the Children's Book History Society , No 10 Butts is surely one of the pioneers of the discipline, helping to establish its academic credibility in the UK, at least, and involved in establishing the first MA in the subject at the University of Reading. This particular volume draws on his strengths as a critic and gives his individual voice room to shine through.
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Butts's range of reference is truly astounding — not only his first-hand knowledge of children's book including obscure works and the associated secondary criticism, but also of social and cultural theory, and of history. As ever, Butts wears his knowledge lightly, leavening his criticism with delightful asides and unexpected links. Other Titles b B y the Same Author. New Titles.
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