Jean Craighead George, a children’s author widely regarded as one of the premier American nature writers for young readers, died May 15 at a hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. She was 92.
Bearing in mind this diversity of situations, we would like to discuss the specificity of children’s literature in the particular field of Translation Studies and analyze through examples borrowing from various periods, cultural traditions and authors the reasons why a given book is chosen to be translated again (and again and again, for some of them).
Papers may choose to tackle one or several of the following issues:
- Focusing on the text itself, one may think of looking into the aesthetic dimension of the source text so as to raise questions pertaining to its narrative organization, stylistic features and literary creativity. What elements, whether in the original work or in its first translation, make it necessary to retranslate the said original work?
- Beyond the space of the text itself, one may decide to examine the cultural background of the country where the retranslation is undertaken, as well as publishers’ policies and strategies in building up their lists of publications.
- Comparisons between languages, countries and publishing houses (about a similar work or about different authors) may also provide answers specific (or not) to the cultural history of the countries and publishers discussed.
- The institutionalization of “children’s literature” may also be an angle to engage with the way retranslation feeds on this increasing financial and academic authority.
- More pointedly even, one may wonder what part the growing importance of Children’s Literature Translation Studies within the field of Children’s Literature Studies plays in such translating-retranslating dynamics in this literary scene.
- Conversely, it would also be relevant to see whether and why some texts have resisted or still resist the retranslation urge while others have been regularly reappraised through constant linguistic reappropriations.
Proposed papers, in French or in English (150-300 words), as well as a short biographical notice, should be sent before 3rd September 2012 to the two e-mail addresses below:
Virginie Douglas: firstname.lastname@example.org
Florence Cabaret: email@example.com