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1st Edition

Dialogues on the Theory and Practice of Literary Translation


Xu Jun

ISBN 9781032084800
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
252 Pages

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Book Description

The book is a collection of the dialogues between Xu Jun, a well-known expert in French literary translation and eminent “Changjiang” scholar in translation studies in China, and some celebrated literary translators in contemporary China, some of whom are also literary scholars, linguists, poets, prose writers, and editors. It is a fundamental achievement of research on the literary translation in the 20th century in China, involving multiple literary types, such as novels, poetry, dramas, prose, and fairy tales; and multiple languages, such as English, French, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and Sanskrit. The dialogues are centered on fundamental issues in the theory and practice of literary translation, such as re-creation in literary translation, the relationship between form and content in literary translation, the subjectivity of literary translators, literary translation standards and principles, the gains and losses in literary translation, the principles and methods of literary criticism, and so on.

Those translation experts’ experience and multiple strategies not only play an active role in guiding literary translators in practice but also benefit theoretical development in literary translation. Thus, the book will contribute to worldwide translation studies and get well recognized by translation studies students, teachers, and scholars in the world. 

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Chinese edition: Tradition and Innovation

List of abbreviations

Part I: On the Importance of Literary Translation

1. Translation Is Crucial!Ji Xianlin and Xu Jun

2. The Importance of High-Quality Translations

Ye Junjian and Xu Jun

Part II: On the Re-Creation in Literary Translation

3. On the Re-Creation in Literary Translation

 Luo Xinzhang, Shi Kangqiang, Yuan Xiaoyi and Xu Jun

4. Translation as the Re-Creation of the Source Text

Li Mang and Xu Jun

5. Translation as an Artistic (Re-)Creation Is Boundless

Xiao Qian, Wen Jieruo, and Xu Jun

6. Translation as the "Art of Beautification"

Xu Yuanchong and Xu Jun

Part III: On Literary Translation Principles

7. To Set Principles and Do Accordingly: On the Style of Translation

Guo Hongan and Xu Jun

8. Faithfulness, Expressiveness, and Elegance vs. Truth, Goodness, and Beauty

Tu An and Xu Jun

9. The Unity of Form and Spirit in Poetry Translation

Jiang Feng and Xu Jun

10. To Preserve the Original Artistic Style as Much as Possible

Lü Tongliu and Xu Jun

Part IV: On the Literary Translator

11. On the Subjectivity of Literary Translators

Yang Wuneng and Xu Jun

12. To Be Honest and to Translate Earnestly

Cao Ying and Xu Jun

13. The Translator Should Have Multiple Strategies

Li Wenjun and Xu Jun

Part V: On the Gains and Losses in Literary Translation

14. The Gains and Losses in Translation

Fang Ping and Xu Jun

15. Translation Is Well-Known, But Its Gains and Losses Are Only Known to the Translators: On the Translation of Le Rouge et le Noir

Zhao Ruihong and Xu Jun

Part VI: On Literary Translation Criticism

16. Orienting Literary Translation

Xu Jun and Yuan Xiaoyi

17. From "Dreaming" to Reality

Xu Jun and Yuan Xiaoyi

Part VII: Other Relevant Issues

18. Translation and Creative Writing

Zhao Ruihong, Yang Yi and Xu Jun

19. Language and Translation

Chen Yuan and Xu Jun

20. Translating and Introducing Latin American Literature in China

Lin Yian and Xu Jun


Postscript to the Chinese Edition

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Xu Jun is Distinguished Professor of Translation Studies in the School of International Studies, Zhejiang University. His major research interests cover literary translation, translation theory, and translation criticism. His publications include five monographs including«???»(On Translation), «?????????????????»(The Translation and Acceptance of French Literature in China in the Twentieth Century), and dozens of papers published in the core journals of translation studies in China and abroad.