The Reconfiguration of Literary Cognition by Translation in Late Qing Dynasty


  • yong xiao Northwestern Polytechnic University



Translation Practices, Reconfiguration, Literary Cognition, Late Qing


Translation practices played an essential role in the reconfiguration of literary cognition in Late Qing dynasty(1894-1911). From the perspective of Poly-system theory by Itamar Even-Zohar, two premises leading up to the prosperity of translated literature were emerging in the special period of late Qing (1894-1911). The process of translation practices re-configuring the literary cognition of the intellectuals in late Qing are illustrated with some approaches of translation study and the theory of “cultural proliferation”. The renewed literary cognition and mythologies of the intellectuals in late Qing manifested itself in the literary creations, critiques, and values.


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