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ribambelle

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"Peter Pan" / "Peter and Wendy" in German
« on: September 04, 2015, 01:23:41 PM »
Hello! :)

First of all I'd like to say sorry for any language mistakes: I am not a native English speaker.

I am doing my master's degree in German literature and translation, and am currently working on my master's thesis. I'd like to compare german translations and/or rewritings of the Peter Pan-story through the years, and see if it was translated/rewritten differently depending on the year of publication and especially for different target groups (children/adults) - I was hoping to find editions in German aimed especially at adult readers, but this seems to be non-existant.

Does anyone have any kind of information on that subject? Be it names of early translators/editors in Germany/Austria/Switzerland, articles on publication history in German (although this seems to be very rare...), or personal anecdotes on anything Barrie-related in German!

Thus far, I have found
  • a LOT of rewritings and translations from the 1980s-today, almost always "for children" (meaning: marketed as such, often picturebooks) and very often inspired by Disney
  • a 1950s translation by Erich Kästner from Barrie's play
  • an edition from 1911 of "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens" ("Peter Pan im Waldpark") with Rackhams pictures, and a 1930s reedition of that same book

Thanks a lot in advance!

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Re: "Peter Pan" / "Peter and Wendy" in German
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2015, 07:57:20 AM »
No apology required - your English is excellent!

I will have a look at the German editions held in the collection of Peter Pan books held at GOSH, although we probably wouldn't have anything much pre-1929, when Barrie gifted Peter Pan to the hospital. Please email me at peterpan@gosh.org so that I can reply direct to you from my work address.

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Re: "Peter Pan" / "Peter and Wendy" in German
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2021, 05:03:35 PM »
Not sure if it was ever published, but I saw a version of Peter Pan in Munich; I think in 1998.
It had a soundtrack featuring German punk-rock; I've been trying to find a copy on CD (I tknow there is one, but I've forgotten the band!).... I was thinking "Ace of base" (but they're not German) or the Aerzre (but couldn't find anything relating to PP recorded by then.

The actors were all dressed like grubby children and it was played in the open air; I think in the theatre district on a stage built on the road during the summer months.

Sorry that I remember frustrating little; if I do recall the band, I'll recod it here.