PUBLIC TALK: Advancing Cross-Cultural Understanding through Experimental Literary Translation
|Advancing Cross-Cultural Understanding through Experimental Literary Translation
A public lecture by Congrong Dai, Fudan University, Shanghai and Chinese translator of 'Finnegans Wake'.
A fertile ground is needed for a work to be translated and accepted in the target culture, which entails an in depth understanding of the cultural and ideological background of the translated work. The purpose of this talk is to discuss the linguistic and textual challenges involved in the translation of 'Finnegans Wake' into a distinct language and culture, i.e. contemporary Mandarin Chinese. The linguistic innovation and the narrative experimentation in 'Finnegans Wake' were largely unknown to the literary tradition in contemporary China, which made it hard to be understood and accepted fully by the Chinese audience. However, such works, when translated, could help disseminate new ideas and advance the understanding of the foreign culture by the target culture, this is the case of the Chinese translation of 'Finnegans Wake'.
The Chinese translation of James Joyce’s Ulysses 20 years ago, just like the translation of 'Finnegans Wake', was first regarded as difficult and obscure for the target audience, however it ultimately became a best-seller. The translation of Ulysses helped Chinese readers to develop an understanding and appreciation of Irish culture, as well as inspiring a group of Chinese scholars and writers an insight into Irish culture. The enhancement of understanding of the Irish culture in China, as facilitated by the Chinese translation of 'Finnegans Wake' draws upon successful earlier translations. Experimental literary translation can bring down the barriers between different peoples and advances the communication between them.
Cost: Free, but RSVP required to http://www.ias.uwa.edu.au/conf/asiascapes
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