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Translation and ideology: a study of Lin Zexu's translation activities

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posted on 2022-03-28, 02:37 authored by Shunyi Chen
Lin Zexu (1785 -1850) was an outstanding statesman, thinker and poet in China during the Qing Dynasty. He was known as a 'national hero' during the Opium War period (1838 -1841) 1841) 1841) for his anti -opium campaign and anti -invasion endeavours in China. He was referred to as the first person in modern China to 'open his eyes observe the world' as he advocated Western learning and organised Western translation. As a patron of translation, Lin organised a series of translation activities from 1838 to 1840 in his role as High Imperial Commissioner of the Qing Court under Emperor Daoguang. This included newspaper translation, book translation, and diplomatic correspondence covering the opium trade, Western geography and laws, etc. These activities had a fargeography and laws, etc. These activities had a fargeography and laws, etc. These activities had a far geography and laws, etc. These activities had a farreaching impact on the late Qing society. This research aims to study Lin Zexu's translation activities from the perspective of ideology, in particular, patron's ideology. It addresses the holistic issue of how Lin exerted his ideological influence upon various links in the translational chain: selection of source texts, translation quality control, translation strategies, and target text examination. It attempts to conduct a parallel comparative study on both available source texts and target pertinent to Lin's translation activities with a view to uncovering the ideological issues reflected in the translation texts.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction -- Chapter 2. Literature review -- Chapter 3. Theoretical basis -- Chapter 4. An introduction to Lin Zexu's translation activities -- Chapter 5. Lin Zexu's direct participation in translation -- Chapter 6. Lin Zexu's intervention in translation strategies -- Chapter 7. Viewing Lin Zexu's translation activities from an ideological perspective -- Chapter 8. Implications of Lin Zexu's translation activities -- Chapter 9. Conclusion.


Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 215-229

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


PhD, Macquarie University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Linguistics

Department, Centre or School

Department of Linguistics

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Zhongwei Song

Additional Supervisor 1

Xiao Ma


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mq:71421 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1274167