By David Jasper, GENG Youzhuang, WANG Hai
Western literature, from the mysterious determine of Marco Polo to the planned fictions of Daniel Defoe and Mark Twain, has developed pix of China born of dreamy parody or sheer prejudice. The West's try and comprehend China has confirmed as tough as China's try to comprehend the West.
A Poetics of Translation is the results of educational conversations among students in China and the West on the subject of concerns in translation. "Translation" here's intended not just because the linguistic demanding situations of translating from chinese language into English or English into chinese language, but additionally because the wider questions of cultural translation at a time while China is in a interval of fast switch. the amount illustrates the necessity for students, either jap and western, to benefit in a short time to reside in the trade of principles, frequently with few precedents to steer or advise.
This booklet additionally displays the ultimate impossibility of the duty of translation, that's consistently, at top, approximate. by way of interpreting texts from the Bible to poetry and from ancient treatises to Shakespeare, this quantity conscientiously interrogates―and finally broadens―translation via exposing the a number of ways that linguistic, cultural, spiritual, old, and philosophical that means are shaped via cross-cultural interaction.
Readers invested within the complexities of translation betwixt China and the West will locate this quantity choked with exciting experiences and attentive readings that surround the myriad matters surrounding East-West translation with rigor and mind's eye.
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53 This is not to say, as Girardot unfortunately implies, that he was comparing the Chinese to the Jews in their access to a special revelation. It is to say, that like the poet in Psalm 19, Legge finds in the starry skies above a refraction of God’s glory that has gone out into all the earth and that “there is no speech nor language” in which such natural revelation fails to tell its story. In the pagan poem of the sun-Â�god (Ps 19:4a-Â�6), though certainly less precisely than in the Torah (the special revelation adduced after verse 7), the psalmist clearly finds another echo of the divine glory.
40 Here, in this narrative résumé of his exploits with his friend Enkidu and their tragic aftermath, Gilgamesh has in effect retold in a hyper-Â� condensed form the story of the Epic of Gilgamesh that we have already read, and of which he is and remains the hero, even as he now recites his own story. 42 Although he thus narrated repeatedly his own story within his own story, Gilgamesh has yet to be recognized as the earliest recorded reciter of self-Â�referential tales within a tale. He is, nonetheless, a precursor, if not the prototype, of various other seminal Western examples of this phenomenon, none of them mentioned by Borges.
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A Poetics of Translation: Between Chinese and English Literature by David Jasper, GENG Youzhuang, WANG Hai