„Tylko to, co najlepsze, jest dość dobre dla dzieci”, czyli o dylematach tłumacza literatury dziecięcej

Karolina Albińska

Abstrakt

“Nothing but the best is good enough for the young.” Dilemmas of the Translator of Children’s Literature
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.

Słowa kluczowe: children’s literature, adaptation, reproduction, retelling, foreignization, domestication
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