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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2019, 2(6); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2019.020604.

The Applicability of Polysystem Theory to Analyzing Modern Chinese Translated Literature


Gang Xiaohan1, Dominic Glynn2

Corresponding Author:
Gang Xiaohan

1 Department of Linguistics and Translation, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2 Department of Linguistics and Translation, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


This article will deal with the applicability of Itamar Even-Zohar’s polysystem theory as a framework for analyzing modern Chinese translated literature after the end of the nineteenth century from the perspectives of selected works and the position and behavior of translated literatures. Beginning with a brief overview of translated literature in Chinese history, this article will subsequently discuss both the applicability and limitations of polysystem theory to Chinese literature. It will argue that polysystem theory has its limitations on accounting for the whole picture of modern Chinese translations, and further development is still needed to make it an adequate framework for translation research.


Translation theory, Poly-system theory, Itamar Even-Zohar, Chinese translations

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Gang Xiaohan, Dominic Glynn. The Applicability of Polysystem Theory to Analyzing Modern Chinese Translated Literature. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2019) Vol. 2, Issue 6: 22-27. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2019.020604.


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