Children’s literature and translation

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“Translation of Children’s Literature” is the dominant label for this area of study that some scholars prefer to label “Translation for Children” or “Translating for Children” since such labels emphasize that children are intended readers, not a textual trait. Translation of children’s literature is characterized by a series of traits. Among these, the most commonly treated by scholars in the field are: (1) cultural context adaptation, (2) ideological manipulation, (3) dual readership (the targeted audience includes both children and adults), (4) features of orality, and (5) the relationship between text and image.

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Alvstad, Cecilia
2008a“Ambiguity Translated for Children: Andersen’s ‘Den standhaftige Tinsoldat’ as a Case in Point.” Target 20 (2): 222–248. DOI logo  BoPGoogle Scholar
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Oittinen, Riitta
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O’Sullivan, Emer
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Shavit, Zohar
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Further reading

Lathey, Gillian
(ed.) 2006The Translation of Children’s Literature. A Reader. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.  BoPGoogle Scholar
Oittinen, Riitta
(ed.) 2003 Traduction pour les enfants/Translation for Children . Special issue of Meta 48 (1–2).. DOI logoGoogle Scholar
O’Sullivan, Emer
2005Comparative Children’s Literature. New York: Routledge. Translated by Anthea Bell.  BoPGoogle Scholar
Tabbert, Reinbert
2002“Approaches to the Translation of Children’s Literature: A Review of Critical Studies since 1960.” Target 14 (2): 303–352. DOI logo  TSBGoogle Scholar
Van Coillie, Jan & Verschueren, Walter P
(eds) 2006Children’s Literature in Translation: Challenges and Strategies. Manchester: St. Jerome.  TSBGoogle Scholar