A Study on Translation Methods in Yu Bufan’s Version of Sherlock Holmes Series From the Perspective of Skopos Theory: A Case Study of A Study in Scarlet

Xue JIANG, Zhiwen LI


Sherlock Holmes Series as a prominent detective novel has many Chinese translation editions. Among the numerous versions, Yu Bufan’s version is the first single-translator-finished translation of complete works of Sherlock Holmes Series in the history of the Chinese Sherlock Holmes Series’ translation. He states that this version pursues the beauty of words. By studying the first volume A Study in Scarlet, this paper analyzes the four translation methods applied in this translation version including imitation, free translation, literal translation and idiomatic translation. And this paper is focused on deducing the intention and the effect of using these translation methods under the guidance of three rules of skopos theory. The conclusion is drawn that skopos theory can guide translators’ translation activities. By choosing different translation methods, the translation is full of language beauty and can be well-accepted by its target readers.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/11117


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