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Significances and Limitations of Polysystem Theory in Explaining Modern Translation History of China

Author: LiuGe
Tutor: ChenShu
School: East China Normal University
Course: English Language and Literature
Keywords: Polysystem Theory Modern translation history Significance Limitation
CLC: H315.9
Type: Master's thesis
Year: 2007
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Evan Zohar multi - system theory opened up a descriptive translation studies , dynamic new ways to promote the Cultural Turn in Translation . The theory has been translated academic attention since it was proposed . In this paper, the study of the history of modern Chinese translation , try using multiple systems theory to explain the the specific translate historical facts , and on this basis to further explore its significance and limitations . This paper reviews the contents of the multi - system theory , historical background and theoretical background , some Chinese and foreign scholars an overview of the research and development of the theory and modern Chinese translation activities . The study found that , The Polysystem theory first viewed from the point of view of dynamic , descriptive translation literature , translated literature as a system , performance in the history of modern Chinese translation of the historical background and political factors that impact on the selection of the translator . Second , Evan Zohar three translated literature dominated conditions , can be used to explain the emergence of the modern Chinese translation climax , including the new literature in the creation of the stage marginalized and literature , literature in large multi- system the system turning point , crisis or vacuum . Polysystem theory also explained Lin Shu unfaithful translation provides the inspiration . The same time , the theory in explaining the history of translation in real-time is also showing its inadequacies , ignore the subjectivity of the translator , fuzzy center or edge too absolute dichotomy as well as the demarcation of the three conditions . This article after the study concluded , pluralistic system theory explain translation historical facts , and promote the study of translation has positive significance , but also there are all sorts of limitations , to be further developed .

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