Palma (Mallorca) from 27 to 29 June 2016
I International Conference:
The (politics of) translation (of politics)


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Monday 27 June, 2016 15:00 to 15:20 Oral Communication
Translating politically against both the author and the reader: A comparative study of the Mandarin Chinese translations of American Writer Peter Hessler’s River Town
Speaker: Pin-ling Chang, Chung Yuan Christian University

Authors: Pin-ling Chang


This study examines two Mandarin Chinese translations of American writer Peter Hessler's book 'River Town' and finds that the Chinese translator tends to ideologically manipulate the original in order to defend or beautify the image of China. Such a translation is also created against the needs of the Mandarin readers who wish to know how China is interpreted by the West.

Pin-ling Chang is Assistant Professor at the Department of Applied Linguistics and Language Studies, Chung Yuan Christian University, Taoyuan, Taiwan. Her research focuses on ideology and identity issues in Mandarin Chinese-English interpreting and translation practice, particularly within the historical, political, and social contexts of China and Taiwan. To investigate the link between ideology and interpreting/translation, she has sought evidence not only from empirical research, such as her PhD study of hegemony and resistance embodied in simultaneous interpreting, and from contemporary fansubbing and activist translation practice, but also from historical records of interpreting/translation practice in colonial Taiwan.
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Session B2
Place: Room 5

Other activities in Session B2
15:20 h. to 15:40 h.Oral Communication

La censura bajo el régimen soviético: el caso de Nosotros, de Evgueno Ivánovich Zamiatin

Speaker: Valeria Kiselova Savrasova, Universidad de Málaga
16:00 h. to 16:15 h.Discussion

15:40 h. to 16:00 h.Oral Communication

Translation and Politics – The Discovery of Walter Benjamin in China

Speaker: Nannan Liu, University of Mainz

 

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