Foreign Languages and Cultures

Foreign Languages and Culture (FLC) is a peer-reviewed, open-access, and interdisciplinary quarterly journal of foreign languages sponsored by Hunan Normal University and headed by Hunan Provincial Department of Education. The inaugural issue of the journal was published in September 2017. Led by Jiang Hongxin, the Chairman of the English Teaching Committee of the Ministry of Education, and an editorial board composed of leading scholars in their respective fields, FLC was originally established to lead the debates on foreign language and literature education in China. FLC is now indexed in Scopus, ERIH PLUS, CNKI, and NSSD.

Call for Papers

Sponsored by Hunan Normal University, Foreign Languages and Cultures is a foreign language academic journal approved by the National Press and Publication Administration [(2016) no. 5011]. We eagerly look forward to receiving support of the academic communities, and warmly welcome contributions from foreign language educators and researchers. The following instructions are given for the submission of manuscripts:

Submissions Guidelines

​Submissions will be in Chinese, between 7,000 and 12,000 characters. All papers shall be submitted through the CNKI submission system: http://wywh.cbpt.cnki.net/wkg/WebPublication/index.aspx?mid=wywh

  • "The Conservationist" in Unnatural History: The Indigenization of Nadine Gordimer's Creative Writing

    Dan Li    001-012

    Column:Introduction to the writings of Famous African Writers

    Abstract:Nadine Gordimer, the winner of the 1991 Nobel Prize for literature, is a national treasure in South Africa. Although she is white, she has a distinctive sense of "African-centered consciousness," which is the root of her South African literary creation. Gordimer's 70 years of literary creation have been committed to building an indigenized artistic expression which is full of subjectivity, nationality and revolution. Her indigenized creative writing, which consists of the construction of national consciousness in her early phase, the radical narrative strategies in her middle phase, and the reconstruction of the concept of home and country in the later phase, vividly presents the life of the South African people and the changes of South African history over the past century,...

  • Just a Little Food, Two Books, and One Axe: The Desire for Homeland and Ethnic Writings by Diasporic Novelist Legson Kayira

    Weifang Zhu    013-021

    Column:Introduction to the writings of Famous African Writers

    Abstract:As the first novelist in Malawi, Legson Kayira plays undoubtedly an important role in the history of African literature in English. With a little food, two books and one axe, he embarked on his life-long journey. His autobiography I Will Try records the first half of his epic life, whose publication created a sensation in America and European countries and made Kayira a new star on the stage of world literature. The Looming Shadow and Jingala, published in the 1960s, are noted for their fresh and beautiful village scenes, which embedded the author's desire for his homeland and contemplation on the conflicts between African and Western cultures.

  • The Genesis and Qualities of Malawian Poet Jack Mapanje's Creation

    Zhongshan Wan, Xiaomeng Sun    022-031

    Column:Introduction to the writings of Famous African Writers

    Abstract:Jack Mapanje is a Malawian poet with an international reputation. His poems are very popular in the English world on account of their blazing emotion, profound thought, rich cultural qualityand unique aesthetic meaning. From the pespective of start in creative writing, the characteristics appearing in Mapanje's poetry are closely related to his personal understanding of art and life subjectively, and the historical context and era environment objectively. Throughout Mapanje's entire creative career, he was deeply influenced by oral tradition and colonial history during years as a student, and he later experienced a long period of imprisonment and exile due to the tyranny of the Banda government. These factors, combined with Mapanje's artistic expressive talent,

  • The Paradox of Self-focus and Altruism in Jane Austen's Persuasion: A Emotion Cognition Perspective

    Haijia Guan    032-040

    Column:Literature and Culture Studies

    Abstract:Among all Austen's novels, Persuasion has been established as a canonical text that marks Austen's transformation from "rationalism" to "romanticism." This article, inspired by the theories of emotion cognition, aims to deconstruct this binary opposition, focusing on the cognitive dimension of the characters’ emotion and taking their emotions as a trope on external culture and ethical standards. Through reassessing Anne's transformation from altruism and self-focus, we can see that emotion is profoundly shaped by the ethical context of the 18th century and that Austen has rendered a critical evaluation of the reason-emotion dichotomy.

  • From Misreading to Integration: On the History of Studies of Li Sao in Britain and America

    Jun Feng    041-053

    Column:Literature and Culture Studies

    Abstract:The study of Li Sao in British and American academic circles has taken place over 100 years. However, previous studies mostly focused on a certain stage or a sinologist, and the overall trajectory of British and American Li Sao research is still a blind spot. In fact, the research and dissemination process of Li Sao in British and American academic circles since the late Qing Dynasty can be divided into three stages: misreading in the 19th century, the perspective of “the other” in the 20th century, and the integration of the Chinese and Western perspective in the 21st century. Summarizing the overall characteristics of British and American research history of Li Sao from the perspective of Chinese and Western comparison is conducive to the future research of Li Sao from a cross-cultural perspective.

  • Research Status and Prospect of the Precise International Communication in China

    Lina Wang, Xieping Gao    054-066

    Column:Precise International Communication Studies

    Abstract:At present, the international communication context is complex. Therefore, the significance and value of precise international communication research are highlighted. Based on the definition of precise international communication, highly relevant and officially published literature is selected and analyzed, and the relevant data is visualized by bibliometric analysis, and further analyzed by combining longitudinal diachronic analysis with horizontal synchronic analysis, qualitative and quantitative analysis, content analysis and comparative analysis, showing the increase of theorization with high standing and broad vision, and the small incision and focused practical exploration. The relevant research trends are manifested in the interactive development of three-dimensional vision and interdisciplinary intersection, ...

  • A Study on the Rewriting Strategy of Multimodal Discourse in Chinese Animation Based on Elan Software: A Case Study of Three Kingdoms

    Lihua Jiang, Liziruo Zhou    067-075

    Column:Precise International Communication Studies

    Abstract:In the digital media era, the problems of confused frameworks and unclear research paradigms exist in multimodal discourse rewriting of Chinese stories. In light of this, this paper uses Elan software as a quantitative tool to analyze the rewriting phenomenon in the Three Kingdoms anime, and discovers that if rewriting takes hypertext as the guide and audiovisual channel as the base, Chinese stories can be better presented.

  • Narrative Transformation and Cognitive Equivalence in Children Literature Translation

    Hongyu Zhu, Ke Li    076-086

    Column:Translation Studies

    Abstract:Source-language children readers and target-language children readers have differences in terms of the cognitive framework based on the different poetic traditions and cultural backgrounds. To narrow down the cognitive distance and make the text fully understood, the translator could adjust the narrative structure to achieve the cognitive equivalent to the utmost extent in children literature translation. The paper, taking the Chinese translation of The Dog’s Tale: A Life in the Buda Hills as an example and applying the dichotomy in narratology, utilizes the narrative transforming strategies with the purpose of achieving cognitive equivalence. It sheds some light on the theory and methods of translating children literature as well as to promote intercultural communication and exchanges.

  • A Study on English Translation of the Marginal Female Character of Hong Lou Meng: A Case Study of Xiao Hong

    Bing Zhang    087-099

    Column:Translation Studies

    Abstract:Through a comparative analysis of the character image of Xiao Hong, one of the marginalized female characters in Hong Lou Meng and its four English translations, the article finds that Hawkes' translation something can't be "more unique" in its recreation the characterization of the original text. The image of Xiao Hong in the translation is more vivid than that of the original text, and the translator gave Xiao Hong more positive and sunny femininity. Besides, this translation also has a more obvious tendency to be closer to the target language readers. While the character image of Xiao Hong in Yang's version is not as distinctive as that in Hawkes' translation, it also better reproduced the image of Xiao Hong from the original text.

  • A Design Sample of Moral Education in the Course of "Study on the Works of Chinese and Foreign Classic Writers"

    Yanhong Zheng    100-107

    Column:Curricula of Integrated Moral Education Studies

    Abstract:Focusing on the teaching topic "The Poetic Ideas and Practice of Allen Ginsberg," this paper presents an instructional design for moral education from the following perspectives: 1. The objectives of moral education: to help students build confidence in Chinese culture and social systems by encouraging them to approach social problems under the guidance of Marxist theory. 2. The difficulties in moral education: to explore the causes of the social problems described in Allen Ginsberg’s poems and draw conclusions based on textual and social evidence. 3. The teaching methods applied in moral education: by applying strategies such as theoretical lecturing, problem-based learning, and case study to accomplish the corresponding ideological and political tasks of the course. 4. The process of moral education: planning the pre-class, in-class, and after-class activities in accordance with the difficult teaching points.

  • Curriculum Design and Integration of Moral Education in Intercultural Communication: The Example of Intercultural Adaptation Unit

    Zhanzi Li, Boyi Liu    108-115

    Column:Curricula of Integrated Moral Education Studies

    Abstract:As a core course and required course for English majors in higher education institutions, as well as an elective course for senior undergraduate students of other majors, the Intercultural Communication course cultivates students' intercultural thinking skills and their ability to apply related theories to military diplomacy case studies. This course has clear objectives for integrating moral education into the curriculum, and each of the 10 units with 36 a total of hours has a corresponding curriculum design. This paper takes the Intercultural Adaptation unit as an example, and introduces and discusses the methodology and process of integrating moral education into the Intercultural Communication course. ...

  • Concept and Practice of Moral Education in Interpreting Teaching: Taking Consecutive Interpreting Course at Huazhong University of Science and Technology as an Example

    Yifan Zhang, Mingwu Xu    116-122

    Column:Curricula of Integrated Moral Education Studies

    Abstract:Based on the Ministry of Education’s Guide to Value Education in Foreign Language and Literature Courses, this paper interprets the purpose, teaching focus and guiding principles of moral education in interpreting courses. Taking the Consecutive Interpreting course of Huazhong University of Science and Technology as an example, this paper analyzes how to integrate curriculum’s moral education goals into its knowledge and ability goals, establish curriculum moral education material database, select appropriate teaching methods and strategies, and implement moral education evaluation.

  • Design Samples of Moral Education in the Teaching of Inheritance and Communication of Huxiang Culture

    An Yang    123-132

    Column:Curricula of Integrated Moral Education Studies

    Abstract:This paper is a case study of the course “Through the Historical Footpath of Changsha: Exploring the Way of Mutual Learning and Exchanges between Chinese and Foreign Civilizations from the Translation and Communication of the Works of Modern Huxiang Celebrities”. Starting with the analysis of target English majors, this paper expounds the goals, methods, crucial and challenging points of curricula of integrated moral education. The specific implementation plans of the teaching of curricula of integrated moral education are presented herein. Finally, this paper summarizes teaching of curricula of integrated moral education for social practice courses focusing on improving teaching content, innovating teaching methods, teaching materials and so on and so forth.

  • Discursive Construction of Digital Economy in Chinese and Western Media Discourses: A Contrastive Study

    Ruihua Zhang, Zerui Liu    133-145

    Column:Linguistic Studies

    Abstract:Based on the lexical model of Extended Units of Meaning and the category of keyword, this study explores how the digital economy is constructed in Chinese and Western media discourses. It finds that: 1) both Chinese and Western media support the development of the digital economy through their policies, and Chinese media represents the digital economy in a more macroscopic way, while Western media focuses more on certain specific aspects; 2) the topic of Chinese media is usually on the development of the digital economy in developing countries, but much of Western media’s attention is directed at countries with large population and power like China and India; 3) American media is more concerned with Asian countries, thinking that China’s rapid development in digital economy is a threat to its economic position; and 4) Western media discourses focus on ...

  • A Study on the English Translation of Interrogative Words in A Dream of Red Mansions from the Perspective of Construal Theory

    Shuang Huang, Yanling Tang    146-156

    Column:Linguistic Studies

    Abstract:Translation is essentially a kind of bilingual activity in which language and cognition interact. Under the influence of "cognitive interpretation," different translators form meaning construction or conceptualization from different angles or dimensions according to their own knowledge and experience. The semantic meanings of interrogative words in A Dream of Red Mansions are complex and blended, and there are intersections in inquiry items. The representations of non-interrogative meanings are rich and complex. The two classic English versions have effectively understood the interrogative words in the original text. However, due to the different motives and creativity of the two translators, there are differences in the understanding of interrogative words in level of specificity, focus selection,

Magpie’s Miscellany: A Seminar of Comparative Literature at Hunan Normal University

Why a magpie? In European folklore, the magpie is known as a collector of things of value; just as this seminar seeks to collect and share ideas and literature from around the world, and facilitate their appreciation with our scholars and students. In many cultures magpies are symbols of good luck and joy, as th...

"Building Bridges, Brodening Horizons: China & Latin America" International Collquium

The International Colloquium“Building Bridges, Broadening Horizons: China and Latin America” takes the opportunity of the launching of the special issue of the Journal of Foreign Languages and Cultures in order to unfold a project concerning the strengthening of cultural, aesthetic and literary ties between China and Latin America.Instead of insisting in sophisticated forms of exceptionalism,...

Reading Salon 11: Philology of Love: Rediscovering Adrian Beverland's Lost Poma Amoris (c. 1679)

The 11th “Foreign Languages and Cultures” reading salon  was held by the Editorial Office of Foreign Languages and Cultures with the help of the Humboldt Transdisciplinary Studies Center. The speaker of the salon, Professor David Porter, shared with us a long-lost Latin manuscript that he had recently found by accident, Poma Amoris (The Fruits of Love) by Dutch scholar Adrian Beverland. This ...

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