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1st Edition

Comics in Translation

ISBN 9781905763078
Published April 29, 2014 by Routledge
352 Pages

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Book Description

Comics are a pervasive art form and an intrinsic part of the cultural fabric of most countries. And yet, relatively little has been written on the translation of comics. Comics in Translation attempts to address this gap in the literature and to offer the first and most comprehensive account of various aspects of a diverse range of social practices subsumed under the label 'comics'.

Focusing on the role played by translation in shaping graphic narratives that appear in various formats, different contributors examine various aspects of this popular phenomenon. Topics covered include the impact of globalization and localization processes on the ways in which translated comics are embedded in cultures; the import of editorial and publishing practices; textual strategies adopted in translating comics, including the translation of culture- and language-specific features; and the interplay between visual and verbal messages. Comics in translation examines comics that originate in different cultures, belong to quite different genres, and are aimed at readers of different age groups and cultural backgrounds, from Disney comics to Art Spiegelman's Maus, from Katsuhiro Ōtomo's Akira to Goscinny and Uderzo's Astérix. The contributions are based on first-hand research and exemplify a wide range of approaches. Languages covered include English, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, French, German, Japanese and Inuit.

The volume features illustrations from the works discussed and an extensive annotated bibliography.

Contributors include: Raffaella Baccolini, Nadine Celotti, Adele D'Arcangelo, Catherine Delesse, Elena Di Giovanni, Heike Elisabeth Jüngst, Valerio Rota, Carmen Valero-Garcés, Federico Zanettin and Jehan Zitawi. 


Table of Contents

Part I: General Aspects


1. Federico Zanettin

Comics in Translation: An Overview


2. Nadine Celotti

The Translator of Comics as a Semiotic Investigator


3. Heike Elisabeth Jüngst

Translating Manga


4. Valerio Rota

Aspects of Adaptation. The Translation of Comics Formats


Part II: Case Studies


5. Raffaella Baccolini and Federico Zanettin

The Language of Trauma: Art Spiegelman's Maus and its Translations


6. Adele D'Arcangelo

'Slime Hero from the Swamp': The Italian Editions of Alan Moore's Horror Saga The Swamp Thing


7. Jehan Zitawi

Disney Comics in the Arab Culture(s). A Pragmatic Perspective


8. Heike Elisabeth Jüngst

Translating Educational Comics


9. Federico Zanettin

The Translation of Comics as Localization. On Three Italian Translations of La piste des Navajos


10. Elena Di Giovanni

The Winx Club as a Challenge to Globalization. Translating from Italy to the Rest of the World


11. Carmen Valero Garcés

Onomatopoeia and Unarticulated Language in the Translation of Comic Books. The Case of Comics in Spanish


12. Catherine Delesse

Proper Names, Onomastic Puns and Spoonerisms: Some Aspects of the Translation of the Astérix and Tintin Comic Series, with Special Reference to English


13. Federico Zanettin

Comics in Translation. An Annotated Bibliography

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