Overseas Communication of English Translation of The Book of Rites from the Perspective of Translation-communication Model
International Journal of Applied Linguistics and Translation
Volume 5, Issue 3, September 2019, Pages: 41-47
Received: Aug. 10, 2019; Accepted: Aug. 28, 2019; Published: Sep. 11, 2019
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Yuefan Wu, Translation and Interpreting Department, Wuhan University, Wuhan, PR China; Translation and Interpreting Department, Hubei University of Science and Technology, Xianning, PR China
Junping Liu, Translation and Interpreting Department, Wuhan University, Wuhan, PR China
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Abstract
Chinese culture has gone through many stages of overseas communication before the contemporary call for its going-out. The Book of Rites, as an indispensable part of Chinese culture, has also experienced ups and downs in the circulation. A comprehensive diachronic collation of the communication history of The Book of Rites is helpful for acquiring effective lessons and inspirations from the ups or efficient communication, on which there has not enough systematic research. Therefore, this thesis wants to initiate the specialized research of The Book of Rites on its communication by answering the following questions from the translation-communication angle: What is the historical process of English translation of The Book of Rites? What were communication realities of English versions of The Book of Rites in different historical periods? The answers are: the overseas communication of English versions of The Book of Rites has gone through 3 stages from initial introduction stage from the second half of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century, to the gold development of brief translation in the 20th century, and to the cold reception of reprinting of excerption and retranslation in the 21st century. The change from the efficient communication to cold reception urges us to reverse the trend, which has got some resolution possibilities from Lasswell’s communication model that the overseas translators and sinologists should join hands with Chinese native scholars to trans-feel the original idea for overseas readers, and take overseas platforms to achieve the maximum conductance or equivalence to realize efficient communication.
Keywords
The Book of Rites, Overseas Communication, Translation-communication Model
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Yuefan Wu, Junping Liu, Overseas Communication of English Translation of The Book of Rites from the Perspective of Translation-communication Model, International Journal of Applied Linguistics and Translation. Vol. 5, No. 3, 2019, pp. 41-47. doi: 10.11648/j.ijalt.20190503.12
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