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Empowering Transformations

Mrs Pepperpot Revisited

Editor(s): Maria Lassén-Seger, Anne Skaret

Book Description

Norwegian author Alf Prøysen’s feisty little old Mrs Pepperpot appeared for the first time in print in 1955. Translated into well over twenty languages, the now classic Mrs Pepperpot stories have, so far, received surprisingly little critical attention. Empowering Transformations: Mrs Pepperpot Revisited fills that long over-due gap by providing a range of essays written by experts in the field. The volume explores Prøysen’s heroine in dialogue with recent theorising in order to broaden and deepen the understanding of her enduring popularity.

The study introduces Prøysen’s works and career to an international readership, but also delves deeper into the Mrs Pepperpot phenomenon. Her character is analysed in view of metamorphosis, power, gender, and queer theory, and the stories’ ethical impact is assessed through the use of cognitive literary theory. Mrs Pepperpot’s many transformations into other media (illustration, sculpture, radio, TV, and Advent Calendar) are also considered, as well as her relations to nature, animals and technology, which are approached eco- and techno-critically.

The volume appeals to an academic readership interested in literature, children’s literature, media studies, cultural studies and Scandinavian studies, as well as the general public celebrating Prøysen’s 100th anniversary in 2014.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-5699-7
ISBN-10: 1-4438-5699-1
Date of Publication: 01/06/2014
Pages / Size: 145 / A5
Price: £39.99


Maria Lassén-Seger, PhD, is Head of Unit of the Arts and Humanities Library at Åbo Akademi University, Finland, where she also teaches children’s literature. She is a member of the ALMA-jury, the author of Adventures into Otherness (2006), and the co-editor of Celebrating a Displaced Hedgehog (2012).

Anne Skaret, PhD, is Associate Professor of Scandinavian Literature at Hedmark University College, Norway, where she teaches children’s literature. She is the author of Litterære kulturmøter: En studie av bildebøker og barns resepsjon (2011), and the co-editor of ‘Det norske Qvindekjøns Pryd’ (2003).