Dagný Kristjánsdóttir: „We here in the West“. Childhood and Writings for Children in Icelandic Children’s Magazines in North America
The article concerns writings for children and views on childhood in Icelandic children’s magazines in North America from 1898 to 1940. Like other immigrants the Icelandic settlers were torn between their new country and their roots. This struggle has been described as similar to the position of adopted children and the Icelandic immigrants often refer to Canada as their foster-mother. This metaphor is maintained in discussions on cultural discourse in the West as it appears in the childrens’ magazines. Among their aims was the enhancement of Icelandic identity amongst immigrant children by encouraging and facilitating their command of Icelandic language and preservation of Icelandic cultural values. The article provides an overview on this struggle, the battles fought and lost.
Keywords: Children’s magazines, children’s culture, Western Icelanders, identity, language, nationality