On Practical Translation From the Perspective of Memetics: A Case Study of the Chinese Translation of Convict Conditioning

Wandi HU, Yuying LI


With the improvement of life quality, the pursuit of health and longevity has become a growing consensus, fitness exercises being integrated into people’s daily life and calisthenics, because of its freedom from the restraints of time and space, has won particular favor among bodybuilders. Chinese fitness enthusiasts are not content with mere directions at home, they even crave for the guide abroad. Under the circumstances, Convict Conditioning by Paul Wade, an ex-convict, is looked up to as a treasured book in the calisthenics circles, its translated versions in various languages coming out one after another, benefiting fitness enthusiasts from all the countries. This paper takes the Chinese Version of Convict Conditioning translated by Gu Hongyan as an example to discuss the replication and transmission of memes from semantic, syntactic and cultural levels under Memetics, in the hope to shed some light on translation in the calisthenics field, thus improving the quality of practical translation at large.


Practical translation; Convict Conditioning; Calisthenics; Memetics

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/9779


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