Book reviewLiteratura Infantil y Juvenil: Tendencias actuales en investigación Vigo: Universidade de Vigo, 2000. 454 pp. ISBN 84-8158-169-0 (Congresos, 28).
Reviewed by Luis Pegenaute
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Although no information is provided by the editors of the volume, the latter is a publication of the proceedings of the First International Conference of the ANILIJ, the [Spanish] National Association of Researchers into Children’s and Juvenile Literature, which took place in the University of Vigo (Spain) on December 1, 2 and 3, 2001, under the title of Current [research] trends. The setting up of this Association was preceded by that of other important associations devoted to the study and spread of Children’s and Juvenile Literature (CJL) in Spain: AEALIJ, the Spanish Association of Friends of Children’s and Juvenile Books in 1981; OEPLI, the Spanish Organisation for Children’s and Juvenile Books (Spanish section of IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People) in 1982, with Basque, Castilian, Catalan, and Galician subsections; CILIJ, the International Centre for Children’s and Juvenile Books (sponsored by Germán Ruipérez Private Foundation) in 1985; and, finally, CEPLI, the Centre of Studies for the Promotion of Reading and Children’s Literature, at the University of Castilla – La Mancha in 2000. Taken together, this proves that CJL has become a serious topic of research in Spain and can no longer be considered the Cinderella of literary studies (according to Teresa Mañà, one of the contributors to the volume, between 1993 and 1998, 40 monographs were published, 22 bibliographies, catalogues and directories compiled, 13 doctoral dissertations defended, etc. For other bibliographical information on Spanish research into CJL, see García Padrino 1992 and Bermejo 1993). The above mentioned associations are the counterparts of other European institutions, like the Institute Charles Perrault (Eaubonne, France), the Internationale Jugendbibliothek (Munich, Germany) or the National Centre for Research into Children’s Literature (University of Surrey).