By Martha Cheung Pui Yiu, Lin Wusun
Translation has an extended historical past 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 an exhilarating variety of perspectives, reflections and theoretical considering the artwork and enterprise of translating is now introduced jointly in a two-volume anthology. the 1st quantity covers a timeframe from approximately the fifth century BCE to the 12th century CE. It bargains with translation within the civil and govt context, and with the enormous 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 bargains with the transmission of Western studying to China - a translation enterprise that modified the epistemological horizon or even the approach of chinese language humans. Comprising over 250 passages, so much of that are translated into English for the 1st time the following, the anthology is the 1st significant resource publication to seem in English. It consists of important basic fabric, permitting entry into the minds of translators operating in a time and area markedly various from ours, and in methods international or maybe unattainable to us. the themes those writers mentioned are wide-spread. yet instead of a snug journey on well-trodden floor, the anthology invitations us on an exhilarating trip of the mind's eye.
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Additional info for An Anthology of Chinese Discourse on Translation (Volume 1): From Earliest Times to the Buddhist Project
V. TECHNICAL MATTERS – OR, WALKING A TIGHTROPE BETWEEN THICK TRANSLATION AND TRANSLATION THAT IS MERELY THICK (1) SELECTION CRITERIA Selection of entries has been based on the double criteria of breadth and depth. The texts selected are meant to provide a comprehensive coverage of the variety of topics dealt with in discourse Introduction 15 on translation. At the same time, they should cover a time span long enough to exemplify the emergence of a sense of tradition, both of discourse on translation and of Chinese culture.
As noted in the previous paragraph, a term would sometimes be used with little or no attempt to deﬁne what exactly it meant. Through constant reiteration, however, certain terms acquired a texture, a special nuance, and gained recognition as important concept words. Moreover, they reverberated with similar or related terms to form a network of semantic resonance. That was in fact the way a key debate on Buddhist sutra translation was carried out, namely the debate between the wén ֮ (reﬁned) school and the zhì ᔆ (unhewn) school of translation.
These show a view of translation as something xii In book titles, especially those of the Chinese classics, the character “jīng” ᆖ indicates that the text referred to has been given canonical status and become a classic. When sutra translation began in China, the translators used the character “jīng” ᆖ to render the word “sutra” in the titles of translated sutras not only because they wished to indicate that the source sutra was part of the Buddhist canon but also because they wished to confer canonical status on the translated sutras.
An Anthology of Chinese Discourse on Translation (Volume 1): From Earliest Times to the Buddhist Project by Martha Cheung Pui Yiu, Lin Wusun