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English Translations of Shen Congwen’s Stories

A Narrative Perspective

Minhui Xu

This book investigates the English translations of Shen Congwen’s stories. Shen Congwen (1902–1988) is one of the most acclaimed writers in modern Chinese literature. His works have been translated into more than ten languages and his 44 stories count with 70 different English translations. Adopting a case study method within the framework of Descriptive Translation Studies, the author selects and compares the most translated stories, those with three or more translations, totalling fifteen translations from four stories. The analysis of the texts focuses on Shen’s narrative style – his narrative commentaries and his lyrical narrative mode – to see how his style was re-presented in translation. In addition, the translators’ overt narrative intrusions – their added notes – are also examined.
Further, on the basis of Bourdieu’s sociological concepts, especially habitus, this study makes an attempt to interpret the different strategies adopted by different translators, including scholar/non-scholar translators, L1/L2 translators, and translators of the 1930s and 40s and those of the 1980s onwards.

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193 Appendix: Published English Translations of Shen Congwen’s Stories Published English Translations of Shen Congwen’s Stories: ST Publish time ST title TT title Translator Anthology /Journal title Publisher/ Publishing place TT Publish time 1 1925 RL The Propitious Wei Lun Tamkang Review Taiwan 1997 2 1927 di The Company commander David Pollard Imperfect Paradise University of Hawai’i Press 1995 3 1927 # k The Fourteenth Moon Ching Ti & Robert Payne The Chinese Earth (Reprint in 1982) George Allen & Unwin, Ltd 1947 4 1928 F, Pai Tzu Ching Ti & Robert Payne The Chinese Earth George Allen & Unwin, Ltd 1947 1928 F, Pai Tzu Kai-yu Hsu Modern Chinese Stories and Novellas: 1919-1949 Columbia University Press 1981 1928 F, Pai Tzu Edgar Snow Living China: Modern Chinese Short Stories Hyperion Press, Inc 1937 5 1928 n After Rain David Kidd East-West Review 3.2: 183-189 The United States 1967 summer 6 1929 mh Ah Jin William L. MacDonald Imperfect Paradise University of Hawai’i Press 1995 7 1929 uB Lung Chu Ching Ti & Robert Payne The Chinese Earth George Allen & Unwin, Ltd 1947 1929 uB Lung Chu Chai and Chai A Treasury of Chinese Literature Thomas Y. Crowell Company 1965 8 1929 4O5 V My Education Jeffrey Kinkley Imperfect Paradise University of Hawai’i Press 1995 9 1929 J Ox Caroline Mason Imperfect Paradise University of Hawai’i Press 1995 10 1929 g @ c Under Moonlight Ching Ti & Robert Payne The Chinese Earth George Allen & Unwin, Ltd 1947 27 1934 $ K (partial) A Bandit Chief (extracts) William...

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