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Open Access De kerk als een slagroomtaart. Een multimodale vertaalanalyse van veranderende kindbeelden in de Zweedse vertaling van Nijntje in de sneeuw

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This article deals with the Swedish translation (1968/1998) of the Dutch picture book Nijntje in de sneeuw (‘Nijntje in the snow’) by Dick Bruna (1963). Working within descriptive translation studies, I analyse how the translated text is influenced and manipulated by sociocultural and literary norms in the target culture. Specific focus is on the way in which child images are expressed through words and pictures in the picture book text and how child images consequently change in translation. In order to analyse how both words and pictures create meaning in the source text (ST) and target text (TT), I use a multimodal text analysis as proposed by Kress and Van Leeuwen (2006). As multimodal text analysis has not been widely used within translation studies (and to the knowledge of the author not so much in Dutch text research either), this article also presents some methodological considerations. The outcome of the multimodal translation analysis shows that while Nijntje (Miffy) visually stands as an international icon, this visual image is combined with different child images in the written text components of the ST and TT. The analysis also shows that pictures are used in different ways and can acquire different potential meanings in ST and TT.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Universiteit van Stockholm

Publication date: February 1, 2012

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