The Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation research programme is delighted to host acclaimed literary translator Nicky Harman to give a masterclass on Chinese to English literary translation. During the course of the evening, we will focus on unpacking a single paragraph by author Jia Pingwa. Concentrating on the final paragraph of Jia's 2007 novel Happy (《高兴》), we will look at the process of a working translator, with an eye to issues particular to Chinese-English translation. Through examining both the translator's drafts and and her final version, we will discuss the practical problems of translation, starting with sentence structure, terminology and (nick)names. Nicky will then unpick the cultural references, both implicit and explicit, and finally consider the author’s intentions for this paragraph. The conversation with then open up for discussion, as the translator poses the question of whether her translation has succeeded in recreating the same effect in English.
All are welcome. Wine and other non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.
No knowledge of Chinese is necessary. A few short preparatory readings will be circulated in advance to facilitate audience participation. Come prepared to ask questions!
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