Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights in China: Translation, Dissemination and Significance

  • Qingqing Zhang
  • Huzaina Abdul Halim

Abstract

British writer Emily Bronte (1818-1848) published her only novel Wuthering Heights in 1847, which established her status in British literature. Wuthering Heights was first introduced to China in the 1930s and the past nine decades witnessed its abundant translation and research achievements. However, there is a lack of a systematic study that presents its translation, dissemination and significance in China. This study adopted Descriptive Translation Studies. By making a summary of the textual travel (translation and dissemination) of Wuthering Heights in China in the past nine decades, the purpose is to study the influence of Emily Bronte and Wuthering Heights on the development of modern Chinese literature and sum up the way it achieved canonization in China. First, the author presented an overview of Chinese translated versions of Wuthering Heights and made a comparative study of its three Chinese translated versions appeared in different periods of time from the perspective of Manipulation Theory. Second, the author analyzed its acceptance and dissemination from the perspective of Pierre Bourdieu’s Field Theory in sociology. Third, the author explored its influence on the creation of Chinese contemporary literature and its dissemination through mass media. This paper concluded the reasons for the canonization of Wuthering Heights in China, which were its unique charm, Chinese scholars’ efforts in translation and studies and Chinese readers’ passion on it.

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Published
2021-09-01
How to Cite
ZHANG, Qingqing; ABDUL HALIM, Huzaina. Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights in China: Translation, Dissemination and Significance. Asian Journal of Research in Education and Social Sciences, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 3, p. 41-53, sep. 2021. Available at: <https://myjms.mohe.gov.my/index.php/ajress/article/view/15097>. Date accessed: 09 dec. 2021.
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