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Translation, Reception and Canonization of The Art of War
Reviving Ancient Chinese Strategic Culture

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ISBN 9780367458461
April 27, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
248 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Art of War by Sun Tzu is an ancient yet invaluable Chinese military classic that is still relevant today. This book presents a systematic and in-depth investigation into the translation and reception of The Art of War in the western strategic culture.

Aided by three self-built corpora, this study adopts a mixed method including both qualitative and quantitative analysis, and aking takes both the core text and its paratexts of The Art of War into consideration. This study highlights the significance of proper approaches to translating culture in the core text and effective measures of culture reconstruction in paratexts. It is revealed that the translated Sun Tzu has undergone three major stages before it is gradually welcomed and re-canonized in western discourse. The findings bring into light the multiple factors that contribute to the incorporation of Sun Tzu’s strategic wisdom into western culture.

For scholars interested in translation studies, (critical) discourse analysis as well as strategic studies, this book provides fresh insights and new perspectives.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to The Art of War and its English translations  2. Relevant theories and concepts: a literature review  3. Research methodology and data: one framework, two methods and three corpora  4. Strategic culture reconstruction in core texts and paratexts of English translations  5. Reception of translated Sun Tzu in western discourse: a re-canonization process  6. Social, cultural context of the translation and reception of Sun Tzu  7. Conclusion: findings, implications and beyond

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Tian LUO is Professor of translation studies at Chongqing Jiaotong University. He received his PhD Degree in Linguistics (English) at the University of Macau. His main research interests include military translation history, discourse analysis approach to translation studies, and corpus-based translation studies.