Volume 6, Issue 3, September 2020, Page: 103-108
Metaphor Translation in the English Version of Bronze and Sunflower
Mu Hai, Department of Foreign Languages, Zhanjiang Preschool Education College, Zhanjiang, China
Shi Ying, Department of Foreign Languages, Zhanjiang Preschool Education College, Zhanjiang, China
Received: Sep. 14, 2020;       Accepted: Sep. 27, 2020;       Published: Sep. 30, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijalt.20200603.18      View  104      Downloads  54
Abstract
Metaphor, which is ubiquitous in children’s literature, has always been a difficult point in understanding and translating. Therefore, the choice of metaphor translation strategies varies much for person to person. This article explores metaphor translation in Wang’s version of Bronze and Sunflower, which aims to provide reference for the future translating Chinese children’s literature through the analysis of metaphor translation strategies in excellent award-winning translation. In order to retain to the greatest extent the unique conceptions, designs, styles, techniques, flavors and cultural implications of the original metaphors, Wang gives priority to metaphor foreignization by which transplantation of images and mapping modes from source domain to target domain can be successfully achieved on the basis of the overlap zone of understanding between the source text (ST) readers and the target text (TT) readers. However, due to the great differences between the two languages and cultures as well as the consideration for child readers, metaphor domestication and partial even complete metaphor omission should be resorted to in order to make the sense and functions of the original metaphors accessible to TT readers. At the same time, it is also worthy of attention that the abandonment of metaphors, caused by the translator’s misunderstanding of some local culture, customs or/and shortage of the relevant knowledge about the connotations of the original metaphors, leads to the loss of unique thinking style, emotional characteristics and aesthetic implication behind the original language. It is concluded that high-quality translation reflects in the choice of the strategies of metaphor translation which depends on the translator’s comprehensive understanding of the source text, translation objectives, the manipulation on the basis of the translator’s own views on children’s literature translation.
Keywords
Metaphor Translation, Halen Wang, Bronze and Sunflower, Children’s Literature
To cite this article
Mu Hai, Shi Ying, Metaphor Translation in the English Version of Bronze and Sunflower, International Journal of Applied Linguistics and Translation. Vol. 6, No. 3, 2020, pp. 103-108. doi: 10.11648/j.ijalt.20200603.18
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