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Britta P
magli 27th-Jan-2013 01:35 pm (UTC)
I think the Pippi Longstocking example is a really good one here. Making Pippi's father a "Negro King" wasn't really about what Pippi's father was doing or what kind of people he was around, it was a way to say he was really far away and Pippi was somewhat abandoned, allowing her to do things other children can't because they have adults around. 50 + years ago (I'm not sure when it was written, exactly) the Scandinavian image of "negro" was someone very far away. As the world has changed and that is no longer the case, it doesn't make any sense to have her father be a "Negro King" any more. The point is that he's far away, and "South Seas King" expresses that better now. I think it has improved the books, in that it has made the meaning clearer.

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