Dagný Kristjánsdóttir

Baited with humour: how to catch the young reader

Dagny Kristjánsdóttir (*1949) is perhaps the most distinguished literary scholar of Iceland. Since 1990 she has been holding a professorship at the University of Iceland and is specialized in the history of literature, children’s literature and Gender Studies. 

Based on her examination of women’s literature, the standard textbook “Kona verður til” (1996) emerged which is a monograph about the author Ragnheiður Jónsdóttir.
In “Undirstraumar” (1999) she has analyzed many pieces of highly diverse writers in terms of feministic aspects and Sigmund Freud.  In “Öldin öfgafulla”, published in 2010, she provides a compendious overview of the 20th century’s history of literature. 
Her critical opinion about the children’s television program “LazyTown” (original: Áfram Latibær) was often equalized as a harsh denigration of the Icelandic country and that earned her a storm of protest in the public. The program is quite successful in the United States and was also broadcasted in Austria. 
Since that time Dagný Kristjánsdóttir has written numerous articles about children’s literature and in addition she has dealt with the translation of classical children’s books. 
In Vienna she will present the newest tendencies in this category and point out a picture of a child in the contemporary Icelandic literature.