An Anthology of Chinese Discourse on Translation (Volume 1): by Martha Cheung Pui Yiu, Lin Wusun PDF

By Martha Cheung Pui Yiu, Lin Wusun

ISBN-10: 1900650924

ISBN-13: 9781900650922

Translation has a protracted background in China. Down the centuries translators, interpreters, Buddhist clergymen, Jesuit monks, Protestant missionaries, writers, historians, linguists, or even ministers and emperors have all written approximately translation, and from an awesome array of views. Such a thrilling range of perspectives, reflections and theoretical pondering the artwork and company of translating is now introduced jointly in a two-volume anthology. the 1st quantity covers a time frame from approximately the fifth century BCE to the 12th century CE. It bargains with translation within the civil and govt context, and with the huge venture of Buddhist sutra translation. the second one quantity spans the thirteenth century CE to the Revolution of 1911, which introduced an finish to feudal China. It offers with the transmission of Western studying to China - a translation enterprise that modified the epistemological horizon or even the mind-set of chinese language humans. Comprising over 250 passages, such a lot of that are translated into English for the 1st time the following, the anthology is the 1st significant resource ebook to seem in English. It consists of priceless basic fabric, permitting entry into the minds of translators operating in a time and house markedly diversified from ours, and in methods international or perhaps unimaginable to us. the subjects those writers mentioned are common. yet instead of a comfy journey on well-trodden floor, the anthology invitations us on a thrilling trip of the mind's eye.

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The entire Indian subcontinent was most often called “Tianzhu” ֚ा or “Wutianzhu” ն֚ा (meaning the five regions of the Indian subcontinent). Both were primarily geographical designations. Another name for the Indian subcontinent – “Poluomen guo” ധᢅ॰ഏ (the Brahmanic country) – was based on the identification of the place with Brahmā, the god credited by Hindu legend with having invented the Brahmi script used in India. Yet another popular name was “Fan” ත or the “Fan country/land”, a term taken from the first Chinese character of the Chinese translation of Brahmā ත֚ (Fantian).

These are used quite loosely, as explained below, but it is hoped that readers will appreciate them for what they are: the first an expedient measure to facilitate the flow of the narrative, and the second an indication of an ideological position. In the English-speaking world, China (Zhōngguó խഏ) is generally thought of as a country with a civilization of about five thousand years. Strictly speaking, the territory now thought of as China did not come into existence until the Qin Dynasty (221–207 BCE) first unified the various states lying within the geographical boundaries of present-day China.

The passages are framed by annotations and commentaries. The annotations provide historical, textual, contextual and other information to facilitate understanding of the passages translated. The commentaries at the end of each passage highlight links between entries and give the present editor’s comments on the ideas expressed in them. Both the annotations and the commentaries are presented in terms of contemporary concerns and preoccupations. This present-day voice interweaves with voices from the past to set into motion a dialogic operation predicated upon the belief that there is no “innocent” writing.

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