English Translation and Communication of Dialogues in Paradise

Xiaoting LI, Changbao LI


As a representative of “Avant-garde” novelist, Can Xue is unique in contemporary Chinese literature with her alternative writing style. Most of her works have been translated into English and achieved a quite remarkable literary status in English-speaking countries. Taking Can Xue’s first English translation of Dialogues in Paradise as a case study, this paper analyzes the evaluation and manipulation of five elements (the translation subject, content, channel, audience and effect) in the translation process, and points out that the English translation and communication of Dialogues in Paradise is of significance to the “going out” of Chinese literary works: the translation content that is in line with Western literary aesthetics, by way of co-translation between Chinese and Western translators, is transmitted to the translation audience through western channels, so as to promote the “going out” of the Chinese literature.



Can Xue; Dialogues in Paradise; English translation; communication

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/12486


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