Children's Literature in Translation: Challenges and by Jan Van Coillie, Walter P. Verschueren

By Jan Van Coillie, Walter P. Verschueren

Children's classics from Alice in Wonderland to the works of Astrid Lindgren, Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling and Philip Pullman are actually as a rule well-known as literary achievements that from a translator's standpoint aren't any easier than 'serious' (adult) literature. This quantity makes an attempt to discover a few of the demanding situations posed by way of the interpretation of kid's literature and even as spotlight a number of the ideas that translators can and do stick with whilst dealing with those demanding situations. various translation theories and ideas are positioned to severe use, together with Even-Zohar's polysystem concept, Toury's suggestion of norms, Venuti's perspectives on foreignizing and domesticating translations and at the translator's (in)visibility, and Chesterman's prototypical approach.

Topics comprise the ethics of translating for kids, the significance of child(hood) photographs, the 'revelation' of the translator in prefaces, the position of translated kid's books within the institution of literary canons, the prestige of translations within the former East Germany; questions of taboo and censorship within the translation of adolescent novels, the collision of norms in several translations of a Swedish kid's vintage, the dealing with of 'cultural intertextuality' within the Spanish translations of latest British delusion books, thoughts for translating cultural markers similar to juvenile expressions, sensible shifts as a result of diverse translation concepts facing personality names, and complicated translation thoughts utilized in facing the twin viewers in Hans Christian Andersen's fairy stories and in Salman Rushdie's Haroun and the ocean of news.

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The problem of reading goes together with the problem of performance. The translator translating for children needs to pay attention to the use of children's literature: pre-literate children listen to texts mediated and read aloud by adults. Through various means - repetition, sentence structure, line breaks, rhythm, and punctuation - the translator makes her or his text live on the aloud-reader's tongue. The translator should also be aware of the different potential of expression - intonation, tone, tempo, pauses, stress, rhythm, duration - and contribute in every way possible to the aloud-reader's enjoyment of the story.

Translation was and remains a means of sharing creativity, new ideas and literary models. Moreover, translations support the canonization process. It is a well-documented fact that books that are translated into several languages are more likely to receive international awards and prizes. The Hans Christian Andersen Prize, for instance, was awarded to Astrid Lindgren (1958), Erich Kastner (1960), Tove Jansson (1966),11 Maria Gripe (1974), Christine Nostlinger (1984) and Uri Orlev (1996). Furthermore, this historical approach makes us aware of the fact that at several moments in the past a specific national children's literature was dominant.

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