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Dissertation Information for Elinor Maureen White

NAME:
- Elinor Maureen White

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- Texas Woman's University (USA) (1990)

ADVISORS:
- James Thomas

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- Margaret Coffin Griffin
- Bernard Schlessinger
- Frank L. Turner
- Brooke E. Sheldon

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: Translated children's books: A study of successful translations and a comprehensive listing of books available in the United States, 1989-1990

Abstract: The purposes of this study were (a) to identify and analyze the components that characterize successful translations, and (b) to develop a comprehensive list of children's books available in English translations from other languages through United States publishers. One hundred thirty-one books were identified as successful translated children's books using the following criteria: (a) in print for more than 4 years; and (b) an award-winner, on a notable list, or recipient of a favorable review. Quantitative data were obtained and analyzed in terms of the following components: language, genre, subject, format, illustrator, author, publisher, and translator.

The findings of the study included: (a) the Germanic languages and French language accounted for more than 61% of the books; (b) the primary genres were folklore, fantasy, and realistic fiction; (c) the major subject headings used were Fairy tales, Animals-Fiction, Folklore-specific country, and World War II-Fiction; (d) more than 65% of the books were still available in hardback editions, and (e) there was a small group of predominant authors, translators, and illustrators. Major publishers predominate the field of successful translated children's books.

It was concluded that there was a renewed interest in translated children's books and an increase in their publication. More than 550 translated children's books were identified in print in 1989-1990; these books were listed in an appendix. The close ties of language and culture with the countries of western Europe resulted in the majority of translations coming from the Germanic and French languages. Subjects of successful translated children's books come from subjects with universal appeal. The concept of translated books as different or special may be more closely related to the subject or the specific setting than to the fact that the book was translated. Publishers continue to move cautiously in this field and to most often publish the translations of classics, books from the public domain, and works of popular authors.

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