Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Contemporary Education, Social Sciences and Humanities (ICCESSH 2019)

A Comparative Study of Wording in Hong Lou Meng A Case Study of Yuan Chun's Family Reunion

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Jiewei Chen
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Jiewei Chen
Available Online July 2019.
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Keywords
translating skills; Yuan Chun's family reunion; wording
Abstract
The study of two translated versions of Hong Lou Meng, namely David Hawks' The Story of the Stone and Yang Xianyi's A Dream of Red Mansions, flourished after the 1970s. Much emphasis was put on their different translating skills. Considering translating skills, David Hawks' translation has the predilection for the domestication while Yang Xianyi's translation tends to foreignization or literal translation. Although they come out nearly at the same time, David's version wins more spotlight among the target reader because his version is more loyal to the reader while the Yang's version keeps more fidelity to the author (cf, Dang: 2012: 3). In this essay, the author will analyze the difference in the wording in the chapter of Yuan Chun's family reunion to consolidate Hawks' "three loyalties principle" in translation: A translator has divided loyalties. He has a duty to his author, a duty to his reader and a duty to the text (Hawks: 1973: 20). In the first part, the author will discuss their different strategies and the potential reasons that contribute to such disparity. In the second part, based on their different translating skills, this essay will make a comparative study of wording in Yuan Chun's Family Reunion, including some verbs and noun phrase, the appellation translation, such as the kinterm system, appellation translation between different generations and the appellation translation which implies their different status.
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