Taishan University, Taishan, China, 271000
Recently, as Chinese culture draws growing attention from international academia, the translation of cultural images of Chinese to English has become a hot spot-on translators and scholars. The translation of cultural images plays an important role in promoting Chinese culture at home and abroad. The academic interest in cultural image have risen from the Cultural Turn in translation studies and risen from the fact that image is believed to be a carrier of cultural connotations, so to study strategies of translating cultural images is meaningful for literary translation as well as for inheriting and promoting Chinese cultural heritage. However, due to the obviously national and regional differences of cultural images and their different forms of classifications and manifestation, there are still many difficulties for translating practitioners, and the existing translation strategies and methods are still at issue, as they could not fully meet the requirement for translating Chinese cultural images. Based on traditional cultural image translation theories, this thesis starts from the study of culture turn and then it introduces the definitions of images and cultural images. Since cultural image is of great significance, some examples of Chinese cultural images that appeared in Chinese classical works and their translations are illustrated.
Chinese culture; images; English translation; classical literature; translation strategies
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