Raising Tiny Comrades: Picture Books in the Soviet Union

2013 image for CLC Fellowship Lecture

The Eileen Wallace Children’s Literature Collection is pleased to announce its 2013 Fellowship Lecture, “Raising Tiny Comrades: Picture Books in the Soviet Union” to be presented by Dr. Megan Swift, Associate Professor, University of Victoria.

How did bedtime stories, fairytales and children’s magazines convey socialist values to tiny comrades? Dr. Megan Swift (U Victoria) looks into this problem using the Harriet Irving Children’s Collection “Soviet Library for Tiny Tots”.  This lecture is a continuation of Dr. Swift’s work in the Wallace Collection and builds upon her highly engaging talk of 2012 entitled, “Banning Magic: The Fairy Tale Under Lenin and Stalin”.  A selection of books used in Dr. Swift’s research will be on display outside the collection.

Please join us in the Wallace Collection (Room 413, Harriet Irving Library) on Wednesday, November 13th at 1:30pm.

Dr. Swift is an Associate Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Victoria and the 2013 Wallace Research Fellow. She specializes in modernist literature, art and culture and is currently working on a book called Fairytale Nation: Illustrated Children’s Literature Under Lenin and Stalin, 1917-53.