New Cosmopolitanism as a Way out of Ethical Dilemma in Foreignization: A Comparison of Ezra Pound’s and Yuanchong Xu’s Classical Chinese Poetry Translation
International Journal of Applied Linguistics and Translation
Volume 6, Issue 1, March 2020, Pages: 1-11
Received: Jan. 16, 2020; Accepted: Feb. 12, 2020; Published: Feb. 21, 2020
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Xiao Ma, Translation and Interpreting Department, Wuhan University, Wuhan, PR China
Lili Dang, Translation and Interpreting Department, Wuhan University, Wuhan, PR China; Translation and Interpreting Department, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou, PR China
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Foreignization helps to inspire investigations into the translator’s invisibility, cultural hegemony in translation, and translation ethics on the one hand. On the other hand, it shows an ethical dilemma in translation that has already attracted a lot of attention throughout the world. And although existing studies have already uncovered some reasons of the ethical dilemma and put forward some solutions, the question has not been fully addressed especially when translation direction, which is an important but largely ignored factor in translation, is taken into consideration. Developments in contemporary Cosmopolitanism make new interpretation of Cosmopolitanism ethics possible and thus provide a useful theoretical tool. From a new Cosmopolitanism perspective, a Cosmopolitanism translation ethics and a strategy of negotiation, which take the self and the other in translation as equal and enable them negotiate about their difference more effectively, are then proposed to examine foreignization and ethics of difference through a comparative study of Ezra Pound’s and Yuanchong Xu’s classical Chinese poetry translation. The findings indicate that although foreignization morally treats the self and the other in translation as equal, it has the defect of valuing the self’s values above that of the other. A new Cosmopolitanism translation ethics and a strategy of negotiation, however, can overcome the defect, therefore provide a way out of the ethical dilemma in foreignization and ethics of difference.
Cosmopolitanism, Translation Ethics, Foreignization, Ezra Pound, Yuanchong Xu
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Xiao Ma, Lili Dang, New Cosmopolitanism as a Way out of Ethical Dilemma in Foreignization: A Comparison of Ezra Pound’s and Yuanchong Xu’s Classical Chinese Poetry Translation, International Journal of Applied Linguistics and Translation. Vol. 6, No. 1, 2020, pp. 1-11. doi: 10.11648/j.ijalt.20200601.11
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