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  • The Sinicization and Globalization of Marxist Literary and Art Thought: Re-reading Mao Zedong's "Yan'an Talks"

    Author:Ning Wang

    Abstract: Mao Zedong Thought is a “glocalized” or “Sinicized” Marxist theory initiated and developed by Mao and his comrades in arms and successors in China. The present essay attaches great importance to literature and art with Mao’s famous “Yan’an Talks” as one of his most representative works. The author argues that although Mao Zedong Thought is not a dogmatically “imported” Marxism from the West, it has indeed grasped some fundamental Marxist principles in combination with the concrete Chinese literary and critical practice. Thus a “glocalized” or “Sinicized” Marxist literary theory has contributed and will continue to contribute a great deal to the global Marxist literary and art theory, especially ...

    Column:Marxist Theory of Literature and Art   001-010   Details

  • Three Dimensions of the Investigation into the Class Nature of Literature by Chinese Marxist Literary Criticism

    Author:Shuihe Ji

    Abstract: The investigation into the class nature of literature by Chinese Marxist literary criticism includes three dimensions. The first is the subject dimension, which affirms that writers who are the subject of creation all have class stand. They are born in class society and cannot transcend class nature, always become spokesmen of a specific class and serve it. The second is the object dimension, which suggests life and people in class society are beings of class nature. As the main feature of class society is class competition, people in social life cannot stay away from the restriction of class relations so that their thoughts and feelings partake of obvious class nature. The third is the nature dimension. Belonging to a specific class, all literary works have certain class attributes, carry the contents and play the role of the class.

    Column:Marxist Theory of Literature and Art   011-023   Details

  • The Society of Spectacle in Julian Barnes’ England, England and the Hyperreal Englishness

    Author:Chen Su

    Abstract: Julian Barnes, the contemporary English writer, used to be valued and labeled as a postmodernist fiction writer since his two well-know novels, Flaubert’s Parrot and A History of the World in 10½ Chapters, used such postmodern writing techniques as pastiche, parody and fragments. However,...

    Column:Culture Studies   024-034   Details

  • The Connotations of Eagle and Falcon in the Medieval European Court Culture in Das Nibelungenlied

    Author:Minyue Shi

    Abstract: The Falcon and Eagle are important animal images in the medieval German epic Das Nibelungenlied. These two animals not only differ in taxonomy, but more importantly, in the context of medieval European court culture, the cultural connotations behind them are quite different. The use of different animal images in literary works involves the literary traditions of the time, and its essence is the problem of understanding the cultural meaning behind the image. In the context of this medieval German heroic epic, to differentiate falke from adler, reflects the different projections of the medieval European court culture on these two animal images.

    Column:Culture Studies   035-043   Details

  • Individual Trauma and Ethics of Memory in Andrew’s Brain

    Author:Yun Zhu

    Abstract: In the last of his fictional works Andrew’s Brain, E. L. Doctorow employs the narrative form of dialogue one between an anonymous Doc and the trauma victim Andrew who is a cognitive scientist. The 9/11 event does not appear in the novel literally, but the story points directly to the great trauma-evoking event and its in...

    Column:Culture Studies   044-052   Details

  • American Revolution under the Paradigm of National Character: A New Historical Research on Hawthorne’s Tales of Revolution

    Author:Jie Hu

    Abstract: By the 1830’s, the contemporary historians tried to make a grand political state rhetoric about American Revolution, representing the textuality of history. Different from the main-stream historical discourse to idealize and sanctify revolution, Hawthorne reconstructed the process of history from the perspective of national character. His tales unveiled the rebirth of old puritan character in revolution,wept over the loss of traditional grace after revolution and predicted the radical self-blindness of new race under the new order. Therefore, Hawthorne‘s short tales about American revolution not only engaged a dialogue with the contemporary dominant ideology but also supplemented people’s multi-dimensional cognitive of revolution and partook the construction of historical discourse, which represented the historicity of text.

    Column:Culture Studies   053-060   Details

  • On the Cultural Function of Early British Detective Fiction Featuring Women Detectives

    Author:Qiong Li

    Abstract: The profound social changes in nineteenth-century Britain triggered the emergence of detective fiction featuring women detectives. In the meantime, its two-sideness of cultural function was also shaped by the contradictory attitudes prevalent in British society towards the advancement of women...

    Column:Culture Studies   061-069   Details

  • A Pioneer in Introducing Western Knowledge: On Translated Geographic Terms in Haiguotuzhi

    Author:Jinghua Zhang

    Abstract: Being regarded as the first book which systematically introduced the world geography into China, Haiguotuzhi still has significant research values in terms of its translation of geographic terms. Despite of academic differences between China and the West, it manifests terminological conscio...

    Column:Translation Studies   070-078   Details

  • Rethinking Translation from a Bourdieusian Sociological Perspective: Euclid’s Elements of Geometry Translated by Xu Guangqi and Matteo Ricci

    Author:Hongjuan Xin, Zhouying Fei

    Abstract: Taking “field”, “habitus” and “capital” in Bourdieusian theory as its theoretical underpinning, this paper offers a historical and descriptive review of the translation of Euclid’s Elements of Geometry by Xu Guangqi and Matteo Ricci. On analyzing the translators in the framework of historical background and of sociological context, this paper makes efforts to throw some epistemological and methodological light on revealing the connection of translation, subjectivity, society as well as culture.

    Column:Translation Studies   079-088   Details

  • Studies on the Translating Procedures of Culture-Specific Words in Root-Seeking Novels: Exemplified by Julia Lovell’ s Translation of A Dictionary of Maqiao

    Author:Xiaojuan Lu, Xia Yu

    Abstract: Exemplified by the root-seeking novel A Dictionary of Maqiao and its English version, this article explores the translating procedures of five types of culture-specific words, namely ecological, material, social, religious and linguistic culture-specific words. It tries to prove that George Steiner’ s hermeneutic translation motion theory plays a guiding role in the translation of culture-specific words in root-seeking novels. The findings show that: the procedure of translation of five types of culture-specific words in A Dictionary of Maqiao as a root-seeking novel can be well explained by Steiner’ s fourfold translation motion, which plays ...

    Column:Translation Studies   089-097   Details

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