Idiom Translation of Love in a Fallen City From the Perspective of Hermeneutics

Lijun LI, Qiao ZHAO


Love in a Fallen City is Eileen Chang’s classic novel, which contains many idioms. Guided by the theory of hermeneutics, this paper explores the idiom translation in this novel from the following four steps: trust, aggression, incorporation and compensation. By this study, it can be found that the translator, Karen S. Kingsbury, has used various translation methods, such as literal translation, free translation, omission, interpretation, borrowing the western expressions, etc. By studying their translation methods, this study hopes to provide reference for the idiom translation in other novels in future and promote the cross culture communication between China and the west.



Idiom translation; Pre-understanding; Fourfold hermeneutic motion

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