Translation and Reception of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in China and Its Implications

Huiqing OUYANG, Changbao LI


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a unique American children’s novel. Since its first Chinese translation by Zhang Duo-sheng in 1942, various Chinese versions have been emerging. Based on the reception aesthetics theory, this paper first analyzes Chinese translations of the novel in different historical periods of China, then discusses its reception among both the professional readers and the ordinary readers in China by sorting out the professional book reviews published on China professional academic databases and the general book reviews published on general websites, and finally summarizes its mode of translation and reception in China and its implications for the “going out” of Chinese children’s literature.



The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; Chinese translation; Reception; children’s literature; Reception aesthetics theory

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