Study on the Formation of Lin Shu’s Translation Style

Lihua YANG


The features of classical Chinese style with elegance and conciseness manifested in Lin’s translation were far away from the stylistic features of the original works, which was actually “unfaithful” to the original works. From the perspective of the dynamic generation process, his translation style was related to three factors, namely, his profound cultivation in ancient Chinese prose, the stylistic preference of the traditional literati and officialdom readers, as well as the translation cultural strategy adopted by him on the basis of the assimilation of foreign languages with ancient Chinese style, which made a joint contribution to the generation of his translation style.


Lin Shu’s translation Style; Translator; Target text readers; Translation culture strategy

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