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Translation, Illustration, Transcreation. From the Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault to Classic Fairy Tales Retold

Martine Hennard Dutheil de la Rochère
p. 59-80

Abstracts

The article proposes that the fairy-tale tradition unfolds as a collective, dynamic and transformative process of transcreation across languages, contexts and media for different purposes and publics. It notably draws attention to the role of translators, illustrators and publishers whose collaborations have produced new versions of the familiar stories in print form, which have in turn inspired highly innovative projects for children and adults reflecting personal takes on the stories. As a case study, I trace the editorial history of Angela Carter’s translation of The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault (1977) illustrated by Martin Ware, which paved the way for Carter’s own collection of ‘ stories about fairy stories ’, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories (1979), in contrapuntal fashion. The translation was reissued with child-friendly illustrations by Michael Foreman in Sleeping Beauty and Other Favourite Fairy Tales (1982), also published by Victor Gollancz, which later fed into Classic Fairy Tales Retold and Illustrated by Michael Foreman (2005)1.

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Excerpt

Full text document will be published online on September 2021.

Outline

1. The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault (1977) or translation as rejuvenation : Perrault’s “ politics of experience ” for young readers
2. Back to childhood, or the fairy tale as bedtime story : Sleeping Beauty and Other Favourite Fairy Tales (1982)
3. The generative power of translation and illustration

First lines

As they are passed on from one generation to the next, fairy tales owe their “ eternal youth ” to various forms of translation, transposition and transmediation in the endless play of repetition, reinterpretation, and transformation across languages, art forms, and media. The present essay exemplifies this phenomenon through the editorial history of Angela Carter’s translation of Charles Perrault’s Histoires ou contes du temps passé (1697) and its remarkably productive reception. This translation, first published as The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault (1977) with artwork by Martin Ware, gave rise to different editorial projects under the aegis of the progressive publisher Victor Gollancz (then headed by his daughter Livia), owing to the young and adventurous editor Liz Calder recommending Carter’s The Passion of New Eve (1977). These collaborations shed light on the transcreative dynamics at the heart of the genre as involving authors, translators, illustrators and editors alike. A ...

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References

Bibliographical reference

Martine Hennard Dutheil de la Rochère, Translation, Illustration, Transcreation. From the Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault to Classic Fairy Tales RetoldÉtudes de lettres, 310 | 2019, 59-80.

Electronic reference

Martine Hennard Dutheil de la Rochère, Translation, Illustration, Transcreation. From the Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault to Classic Fairy Tales RetoldÉtudes de lettres [Online], 310 | 2019, Online since 15 September 2021, connection on 23 January 2021. URL: http://journals.openedition.org/edl/1578; DOI: https://doi.org/10.4000/edl.1578

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