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1st Edition

Translating Chinese Art and Modern Literature

ISBN 9781138549210
Published March 8, 2019 by Routledge
222 Pages

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Book Description

Translating Chinese Art and Modern Literature examines issues in cross-cultural dialogue in connection with translation and modern Chinese art and literature from interdisciplinary perspectives. This comprises the text-image dialogue in the context of Chinese modernity, and cross-cultural interaction between modern literature in Chinese and other literatures.

This edited collection approaches these issues with discrete foci and approaches, and the ten chapters in this volume are to be divided into two distinct parts. The first part highlights the mutual effects between literary texts and visual images in the media of book, painting, and film, and the second part includes contributions by scholars of literary translation.

Table of Contents


Yifeng Sun and Chris Song

Chapter 1

Painted in Oil, Composed in Ink: Late Qing Ekphrastic Poetry and the Encounter with Western-Style Painting

Frederik H. Green

Chapter 2

Incivility Incarnate: the Westerners of Wenming xiaoshi

Stephen J. Roddy

Chapter 3

The Dramatization of Characterization in the Literary Translations of the 1910s in China: A Case Study of Zhou Shoujuan’s Translations of Western Fiction

Dechao Li

Chapter 4

Spilled Ink: Woodblock Print Artists and Lu Xun’s Literary and Theoretical Translations

Elizabeth Emrich

Chapter 5

Between Orality and Visuality: Translating "Radio Stories" into Popular Cantonese Films

Lunpeng Ma

Chapter 6

Translation as Weapons in the War of Ideas: English, Russian and Chinese Translation of "Li Sao" in the 1950s

Xiaolu Ma

Chapter 7

Local Intersections: Cultural Translation in Liu Yichang

Heidi Yu Huang

Chapter 8

Dog Barking at the Moon: Transcreation of a Meme in Art and Poetry

Cosima Bruno

Chapter 9

Translationese as Dissent: The Use of Translationese in Zhang Chengzhi’s History of the Soul and Yan Lianke’s The Four Books

Jessica Yeung

Chapter 10

Translating Chinese Modernity

Yifeng Sun


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Yifeng Sun is Chair Professor of Translation Studies and Head of the English Department at the University of Macau and is formerly Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Director of the Centre for Humanities Research at Lingnan University, Hong Kong, and Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is the author of Translating Foreign Otherness (2017), Cultural Translation (2016), Cultural Exile and Homeward Journey (2005), Perspective, Interpretation and Culture (2nd edition, 2006) and Fragmentation and Dramatic Moments (2002); editor or co-editor of Translation and Academic Journals (2015) and Translation, Globalisation and Localisation (2008). His articles have appeared in such international journals as Modern Language Quarterly, Babel, Across Languages and Cultures, Perspectives, ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, Journal of Multicultural Discourses, Neohelicon, European Review, Derrida Today, and TELOS.

Chris Song is an academic journal editor at the Centre for Humanities Research, Lingnan University, Hong Kong. His research interests include literary translation, modern Chinese literature, and Hong Kong literature. He has given lectures and seminars about poetry writing and translation at the universities in San Francisco, California, Columbia, Missouri, Hong Kong, Macao, Taipei, Guangzhou, Barcelona, Canberra, and Bangkok. Apart from academic work, Song has published four collections of poetry and more than 20 volumes of poetry translation.