A Tentative Study of the Chinese Translation of Tender is the Night Under the Guidance of Catford’s Translation Shift Theory



Tender Is the Night, as one of the most well-known works of F. Scott Fitzgerald, to some extent, is a manifestation of his own life and the whole society. J. C. Catford’s Translation Shift Theory is very practical and under its guidance, this paper is produced for an assessment of Chinese edition of this novel by Xinmei Tang from two general aspects, namely level shifts and category shifts. This research finds that Tang’s translation is faithful not only from the lexical and grammatical level but also from syntactic level. However, his translation is not perfect and still needs to be improved.



Tender is the Night; Translation Shift Theory; Level shifts; Category shifts

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/11081


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