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Modern China and the West : translation and cultural mediation

Author: Xiaoyan Peng; Isabelle Rabut
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2014]
Series: East Asian comparative literature and culture, 2.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Modern China and the West: Translation and Cultural Mediation the authors investigate the significant role translation plays in the act of cultural mediation. They pay attention to transnational organizations that bring about cross-cultural interactions as well as regulating authorities, in the form of both nation-states and ideologies, which dictate what, and even how, to translate. Under such circumstances, is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Cross-cultural studies
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Xiaoyan Peng; Isabelle Rabut
ISBN: 9789004270237 900427023X 9004270221 9789004270220
OCLC Number: 871062839
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xv, 357 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Series Editors' Foreword --
Contributor Biographical Information --
Acknowledgements --
Introduction / Peng Hsiao-yen, Isabelle Rabut --
Section I. Translators and Cultural Actors as Mediators --
1. China-Europe: Transcontinental "Intellectual Cooperation" during the Interwar Period / Françoise Kreissler --
2. Ba Jin as Translator / Angel Pino --
3. Eileen Chang as a Chinese Translator of American Literature / Shan Te-hsing --
4. The Birth of a Profession: Translators and Translation in Modern China / Nicolai Volland --
Section II. Translation as a Shaping Force --
5. Force of Psyche: Electricity or Void? Re-examination of the Hermeneutics of the Force of Psyche in Late Qing China / Joyce C.H. Liu --
6. Translating Liberalism into China in the Early Twentieth Century: The Case of Yan Fu / Max K.W. Huang --
7. Chinese Romanticism: The Acculturation of a Western Notion / Isabelle Rabut --
8. Mapping a "New" Dramatic Canon: Rewriting the Legacy of Hong Shen / Xiaomei Chen --
Section III. Transcultural Negotiations --
9. The Shanghai School: Westernised Urbanity and Scriptural Mimesis / Zhang Yinde --
10. A Traveling Text: Souvenirs entomologiqu.es, Japanese Anarchism, and Shanghai Neo-Sensationism / Peng Hsiao-yen --
11. From Poetic Revolution to Nation-(Rebuilding: Vicissitudes of Modernity in Modem Chinese Poetry / Sebastian Hsien-hao Liao --
12. Ghostly China: Amy Tan's Narrative of Transnational Haunting in The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter's Daughter, and Saving Fish from Drowning / Pin-chia Feng --
Index.
Series Title: East Asian comparative literature and culture, 2.
Responsibility: edited by Peng Hsiao-yen and Isabelle Rabut.

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In Modern China and the West: Translation and Cultural Mediation the authors investigate the significant role translation plays in the act of cultural mediation. They pay attention to transnational organizations that bring about cross-cultural interactions as well as regulating authorities, in the form of both nation-states and ideologies, which dictate what, and even how, to translate. Under such circumstances, is there room for individual translators or mediators to exercise their free will? To what extent are they allowed to do so? The authors see translation as a "shaping force." While intending to shape, or reshape, certain concepts through the translating act, translators and cultural actors need to negotiate among multifarious institutional powers that coexist, including traditional and foreign.

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