Un webinaire sur littérature jeunesse et traduction: ‘Studio Ghibli and British Children’s Literature in Japan’

Nous avons le plaisir d’annoncer la prochaine séance, entièrement en ligne, du Centre for Book Cultures & Outside in World webinar series on children’s books in translation, mardi 13 décembre 2022, à 17h (heure anglaise, donc 18h en France!), sur zoom (inscription nécessaire, voir ci-dessous).

Sophie Heywood et l’équipe d’organisation de ce séminaire le décrivent en ces termes:

“We are delighted to welcome Catherine Butler from Cardiff University (UK), who will be speaking on her research on British children’s literature in Japanese culture, on Tuesday 13th December at 5pm UK time. Register for your free Zoom link here.

To celebrate the theme of Japanese/ English connections, you can find out more about Japanese children’s literature in English translation with Outside in World’s Spotlight on Japan


Hayao Miyazaki has had a lifelong interest in British children’s literature, and an influential role in popularising it in Japan, notably through the animations he created at Studio Ghibli. In this talk I will discuss some aspects of that contribution, and that of directors whom Miyazaki directly influenced, especially his protogé, Hiromasa Yonebayashi. But I will also ask two questions: why does Hayao Miyazaki, who loves British children’s books and has adapted several, never used Britain as a setting? And what are the consequence of taking a story from one setting and medium and putting it into another?

Catherine Butler is Reader in English Literature at Cardiff University. Her academic books include Four British Fantasists (2006), Reading History in Children’s Books (with Hallie O’Donovan, 2012) and Literary Studies Deconstructed (2018), and several edited collections. Her latest book, British Children’s Literature in Japanese Culture: Wonderlands and Looking-Glasses, is due to be published by Bloomsbury in 2023. She has also published six novels for children and teenagers. Catherine is Editor-in-Chief of Children’s Literature in Education.


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