Text-Image Interactions in Translated Comics

  • Fatemeh Parham Allameh Tabataba’i University
  • Zahra Hossein Tabrizi Allameh Tabataba’i University
Keywords: Comics, text-image interaction

Abstract

In children’s books meaning is communicated through the interaction of both the visual and the verbal elements. The present study thus attempts to examine whether text-image interactions in children’s books undergo any change in the process of translation. To this end, a corpus of 24 English comics along with their Persian translations was developed. Then relying on McCloud’s (1994) typology of text-image interactions, the selected English text-image pairs were compared with their corresponding pairs in Persian in search of any change. The results of the study revealed that changes in texts or in images gave rise to changes in text-image interactions in almost half of the cases examined (46%). This means that since different elements in children books are connected and it is through their cooperation that meaning is conveyed, any change in one element may effect a greater change at a different level and may affect the communication of the message.

Author Biographies

Fatemeh Parham, Allameh Tabataba’i University

Assistant Professor, Department of English Translation Studies, Allameh Tabataba’i University;

Zahra Hossein Tabrizi, Allameh Tabataba’i University

MA Student, Translation Studies, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran;

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Published
2019-01-03
How to Cite
Parham, F., & Hossein Tabrizi, Z. (2019). Text-Image Interactions in Translated Comics. Translation Studies Quarterly, 16(63), 88. Retrieved from http://journal.translationstudies.ir/ts/article/view/636
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Scientific Articles