Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 5(4), pp. 225 - 241
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2017.050401
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Theory Travel: Translation of Western Contemporary Literary Theories to China

Lu Jie 1,2,*
1 Foreign Language College, Chengdu University of Information Technology, China
2 College of Literature and Journalism, Sichuan University, China


From the beginning of the 20th century, many Western contemporary literary theories, including formalism, the New Criticism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, reception aesthetics, structuralism, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, post-colonialism and Western Marxism, have been translated into Chinese. Translation of those Western literary theories has undergone four phases in China over a century's travel: the commencement and development from the early 1920s to the late 1940s, the frustration and depression from the late 1940s to the end of 1970s, the recovery and revival from the late 1970s to the late 1990s as well as the sustained development and new turn from the beginning of the 21st Century till now. Translation of Western contemporary literary theories is an indispensable part in modern "eastward transmission of Western learning," therefore, to retrospect and summarize its procedure in China is not only helpful to recognize the value and significance of Western contemporary literary theories in Sino-Western cultural exchanges but also beneficial to rationally reconsider the ways to construct Chinese contemporary literary theories in a new era.

Theory Travel, Western Contemporary Literary Theories, Translation, Sino-Western Cultural Exchanges

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[1] Lu Jie , "Theory Travel: Translation of Western Contemporary Literary Theories to China," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 225 - 241, 2017. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2017.050401.

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Lu Jie (2017). Theory Travel: Translation of Western Contemporary Literary Theories to China. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 5(4), 225 - 241. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2017.050401.