Study on Translation Methods of Representation of Defamiliarization Devices in C-E Translation of Dawn Blossoms Plucked at Dusk

Zhiwen LI, Xue JIANG


It has been almost one decade since Lu Xun’s great masterpiece, Dawn Blossoms Plucked at Dusk first published. Although the book is mostly created by simple expression with few rhetorical and ornamental language, it can still bring readers unique aesthetic experience, which has a close relationship with the application of defamiliarization devices created by the author. Yang Xianyi and Gladys Yang’s translation of Dawn Blossoms Plucked at Dusk successfully recreated the literariness by reproducing the defamiliarization devices. This paper aims at focusing on the translation methods they adopt to deal with the defamiliarization devices in the original, so as to guide other translators’ translation process of reproducing the defamiliarization devices. Besides that, the aesthetic effects of defamiliarization are also analyzed in this paper in order to increase translators’ awareness of defamiliarization.


Representation of defamiliarization devices; Translation methods; Dawn Blossoms Plucked at Dusk

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