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Intergenerational Transmission in Children's Literature When Grandparents Are Called Nonna or Dziadek

Marie-Claude Mietkiewicz, Benoît Schneider

Amongst the recreational reading published in France between 1982 and 2005, and targeting children (from early childhood to adolescence), the authors have identified twenty-nine books that feature intergenerational relationships set in an intercultural context. The aspects of this literature they examined are those of transmission and family memory, focussing on the characteristics of intergenerational exchanges that help or hinder reciprocity. Though, within these stories, remote intergenerational relationships take on an idyllic appearance, day-to-day interconnections in immigration contexts clearly illustrate the difficulties inherent to the transfer from one culture to another.