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„Tylko to, co najlepsze, jest dość dobre dla dzieci”, czyli o dylematach tłumacza literatury dziecięcej
“Nothing but the best is good enough for the young.” Dilemmas of the Translator of Children’s Literature

Author(s): Karolina Albińska
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego
Keywords: children’s literature; adaptation; reproduction; retelling; foreignization; domestication

Summary/Abstract: No doubt the world without Winnie the Pooh, Pippi Longstocking, Pinocchio or Moomin Trolls would be less colourful. Characters from fairy tales imperceptibly slip into young readers’ minds and tend to stay there forever. Children accept them unconditionally and do not ask questions about their descent. Children’s response to books is usually very spontaneous: a love at fi rst sight or an immediate dislike. Therefore, it is very important that they receive “the best” – not only beautiful and wise books but also book that are skillfully translated. Discussing the role of the translator of children’s literature, this article focuses on such issues as child–translator relation and translator–author dichotomy. It points to different attitudes toward the translator’s creativity and “visibility.” It examines terminological ambiguities of such notions as “adaptation,” “reconstruction,” “rewriting” and “translation.” Finally, it deals with translation challenges that arise from didactic, entertaining and aesthetic functions of children’s books.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 22-23
  • Page Range: 259-282
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Polish