The MaudCast S01E02: Laura Leden and Nordic Translations of L.M. Montgomery #LMMI2020

I’m pleased to post the second episode of the MaudCast, the podcast of the L.M. Montgomery Institute. In the MaudCast’s quest to discover innovative scholarship about the life and works of Lucy Maud Montgomery, we welcome to the microphone leading academics, emerging scholars, local researchers, and imaginative readers and writers from around the world.

My second interview is with Laura Leden. Laura is a PhD candidate in translation studies at the University of Helsinki. Laura is multilingual, with a good facility for her native Finnish, her family’s Swedish, international English, and some other languages as well. Laura working on the final stages of her thesis on adaptation in translations of girls’ fiction from English into Swedish and Finnish, including translations of Montgomery’s Emily trilogy. Swedish was actually the first international translation of Anne of Green Gables, all the way back in 1909, so this is a super fascinating topic. Alongside her PhD project, Laura has written several journal articles and book chapters on the translations of Montgomery’s books and been a regular speaker at the L.M. Montgomery conferences for the last ten years.

For today’s episode, you will want to check out Laura’s beautifully curated “L.M. Montgomery Nordic” Instagram page, where she shows various Scandinavian translations of Montgomery’s fiction, @lmmontgomerynordic (her personal Instagram account is @laurairenel and you can find her website here). Laura also has a blog post coming out tomorrow on the 2020 Vision Forum, “The Nordic Vision of L.M. Montgomery in Book Covers as Featured on Instagram,” which chapters something of the plenary talk she had intended to give live at the Montgomery conference in Prince Edward Island. See more about this podcast at the Forum, and I hope you enjoy!

As always, I hope that you enjoy our work at A Pilgrim in Narnia and the MaudCast. If so, please like and share, and follow me on Twitter @BrentonDana and on Instagram @bdickieson. You can follow the MaudCast on Spotify, Podbean, or your favourite podcast station (we’re still working on Apple Podcasting). You can find the MaudCast on Twitter and Instagram @LMMIMaudCast, and find the L.M. Montgomery Institute online or on twitter, @LMMI_PEI, including the premium online research space Kindred Spaces and The Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies. You can follow the L.M. Montgomery and Vision Forum all year at this link.

About Brenton Dickieson

“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the worlds they touched. As a "Faith, Fantasy, and Fiction" blog, we cover topics like children’s literature, apologetics and philosophy, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, art and writing. This blog includes my thoughts as I read through Lewis and Tolkien and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia--or Middle Earth, or Fairyland. I am often peeking inside of wardrobes, looking for magic bricks in urban alleys, or rooting through yard sale boxes for old rings. If something here captures your imagination, leave a comment, “like” a post, share with your friends, or sign up to receive Narnian Pilgrim posts in your email box. Brenton Dickieson is a father, husband, friend, university lecturer, and freelance writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter, @BrentonDana.
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