Module Catalogues

Translation and Culture

Module Title Translation and Culture
Module Level Level
Module Credits 5.00
Academic Year 2023/24
Semester SEM2

Aims and Fit of Module

This module explores key issues concerning both translation and culture. The translated cultural texts typically included in this module concern theatre/opera, classics/philosophy, travel/missionary, museum/gallery, film/TV, science fiction, fable/idiom/proverb, musical/visual and fine arts. Half of the texts are translated from Chinese to English, and half from English to Chinese. By examining a wide range of cultural themes, formats and their cross-cultural translations, this module aims to equip students with fundamental knowledge about the translation of disparate cultural forms, and the ways in which translators have approached them and reflected on their translations. In doing so students will develop their ability to think critically about appropriate methods of cultural genre analysis. Through translation practice, students will develop advanced skills in translation, trans-editing, trans-creation and ultimately, persuasive translation-writing in the target language.

Learning outcomes

A Demonstrate knowledge of major cultural phenomena, forms and text types, and their translations; B Analyse a representative selection of translated cultural texts, and summarise their significance in the broader historical, literary and cultural context in which both the source text and the target text were produced; C Use translational apparatus to make a discriminating response to a variety of translated cultural texts, demonstrating an appreciation of highly calibrated translation, and present the results in writing; D Practice translation of cultural texts and reflect on their own translation strategies, methods and skills, and produce their own translation product; E Demonstrate critical awareness of the cultural differences between Chinese-speaking and English-speaking worlds, and ways to deal with these differences in translation from local and global perspectives.

Method of teaching and learning

The teaching is divided into lectures and tutorials. Lectures are designed to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of major cultural text types and their representative translations, and to provide critical and conceptual frameworks for thinking about and translating these cultural texts. Tutorials intend to offer students a space to practice translation of different text types, and to present their translations and reflections on individual or group basis so as to encourage discussion and debate.