A Study on the Translation Methods of Social Culture-Loaded Words in Yang Xianyi and Gladys Yang’s Translation of Call to Arms From the Perspective of Hermeneutics

Pengyu CHEN, Xue JIANG


It has been almost twenty years since hermeneutics is first introduced into China, providing comprehensive and diverse interpretations for some phenomena or expressions in translation process, especially for culture-loaded words in many literary works. Call to Arms is a very famous literary novel written by Luxun which contains a great number of culture-loaded words, including many social culture-loaded words which imply much meaningful social and cultural connotations. Yang Xianyi and Gladys Yang successfully use different translation methods related with hermeneutics in the translation of Call to Arms. By analyzing the translation methods of social culture-loaded words in Call to Arms’ English translation from the perspective of hermeneutics, how the translators subtly use different translation methods to embody the three principles of hermeneutics can be reflected in terms of achieving different translation effects.


Translation methods; Culture-loaded words; Principles of hermeneutics; Call to Arms; Translation effects

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/11795


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