Voix, images et mots / Voices, Images and Texts
Edited By Elena Di Giovanni, Chiara Elefante and Roberta Pederzoli
The first section of this volume features a variety of essays on writing for children, ranging from studies of classic authors to an analysis of the role of pictures in children’s books, to an examination of comics and theatre for the young.
Subjects addressed in the second section include the intersemiotic nature of translating for children, the question of the translator’s voice, the theoretical principles that best aid translators in the field of children’s literature, as well as chapters exploring the idea of national literatures for the young. The third and final section offers insights into audiovisual translation for children. These contributions focus on theories and models for this kind of translational activity, as well as addressing a number of real-life cases and their reception.
The volume features contributions in three languages: French, English and Italian.
More than the sum of its parts? Synergy and picturebook translation Emer O’Sullivan 133
133 More than the sum of its parts? Synergy and picturebook translation Emer O’SULLIVAN Leuphana Universität Lüneburg I. Picturebooks: the interaction between words and pictures Picturebooks, “a lively complex phenomenon” (Schwarcz, 1982: 14), are texts which are composite in nature; they usually rely for their effects upon an interplay or interdependence of pictures and words, which can take many different forms. Metaphors that attempt to charac- terize the complex relation between the sign systems are summarized by David Lewis as follows: William Moebius [...] plunders the language of geophysics to come up with a plate tectonics of pictures and words. Philip Pullman and Allan Ahlberg [...] employ related analogies drawn from music – counterpoint [...] and an- tiphonal [...]. Perry Nodelman resorts to the literary trope of irony and Mar- garet Meek uses a physical analogy, of words being pulled through the pic- tures. (Lewis, 1996: 107) Lewis himself uses the term “interanimation” to capture how each element works on the other. Borrowing from Meek, he states how “the words are pulled through the pictures and the pictures are brought into focus by the words” (2001: 28). Laurence Sipe (1998) uses the term “synergy”, which the New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary defines as “The production of two or more agents, substances, etc., of a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects” (Brown, 1993: 3190). With Sipe we can therefore speak of synergetic relationship between words and pictures in a picturebook, in which the total effect depends not only on the...
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