AUC Philologica (Acta Universitatis Carolinae Philologica) is an academic journal published by Charles University. It publishes scholarly articles in a large number of disciplines (English, German, Greek and Latin, Oriental, Romance and Slavonic studies, as well as in phonetics and translation studies), both on linguistic and on literary and cultural topics. Apart from articles it publishes reviews of new academic books or special issues of academic journals.

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AUC PHILOLOGICA, Vol 2015 No 3 (2015), 99–104

Cultural identity vs. cultural adaptation in children’s literature translated into Basque

José Manuel López Gaseni

announced: 10. 03. 2016


Children’s literature is usually addressed to a receiver who has a limited knowledge of the world and limited literary competence. For this reason, trends in children’s literature translation have been focused on adapting to the target culture. However, migration arising as a result of globalization and the necessary integration of children of different races, cultures and religions, make a double educational and literary perspective essential. On one hand, the literature that shows the values of the local culture in order to integrate immigrant children; on the other hand, the translation of works that show the cultural values of the countries immigrant children come from is necessary; so they can be understood and accepted by local children. Some examples will be given from children’s literature translated into Basque. This new perspective requires a rethinking of strategies for translation of children’s literature, beyond mere adaptation to the target culture. Some proposals related to these new challenging goals will be considered later.

keywords: Children’s literature; Literary Translation; Domestication; Foreignization; Adaptation; Basque Literature

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ISSN: 0567-8269
E-ISSN: 2464-6830