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L’invisibilité à l’image : le cas de la traduction audiovisuelle

Abstract : This essay closely follows a piece of work written during first year of Master’s Degree. This work sought to analyze the perceived quality of blockbuster movies translations, from the seventies to mid-2000, through the study of the Star Wars saga, written by George Lucas. This work concluded that translations had indeed endured a quality loss, but also that translators couldn’t be held responsible for it. The central theme of this essay is the place of translators for audiovisual media (dubbing, and subbing), voice actors, and technicians working with them, in French society. More precisely, this essay aims to understand what causes the invisibility of these essential mediators between cultures. To find answers to this question, the first part of the essay will dwell on the evolution of cinematographic translation, and how the root of the invisibility of translators for audiovisual media can be found in the history of cinema. Once this element is established, the second part of the essay will try and bring solutions for translators to get out of the doldrums by studying institutions such as translation studies or French and European laws. Then, Pierre Bourdieu’s symbolic capital theory will be adapted to translation for audiovisual media, aswell. Finally, in its last part, this essay will leave the fields of institutions to adopt a down-to-earth approach and analyze how other translators do in other fields to ensure that they’re not invisible. Through the examples of Japanese animation and video games, hopefully, it will become possible for cinematographic translators to struggle against their invisibility and their poor working conditions.
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Louis Gillet. L’invisibilité à l’image : le cas de la traduction audiovisuelle. Sciences de l'Homme et Société. 2019. ⟨dumas-02316745⟩