On the English Version of Wolf Totem From the Skopos Theory

Bing XUE


Lang Tuteng has led a heat wave to readers in China, and has been sold more than 1,000,000 books in a year. In 2008, its English version was released. The best-selling of Wolf Totem has turned out to be a national phenomenon, which has caused widespread academic concern. Scholars try to explore  and explain its artistic attraction from different perspectives such as literature, eco-criticism, history, society and so on. So for its English version, some scholars tend to analyze it through different methods, as equivalence theory, subjectivity manipulation  theory.  Most of them,  however,  were confined to using a single aspect to interpret the translator’s approach rather than explaining it as a version influenced functional theory. By analyzing the English version of Wolf Totem from different angles, the author tends to discover some inspiration and introspection for the overseas transmission of Chinese literature. 


Translation; Wolf totem; Skopos; Translation theory; Culture

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/5115


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