Comparative Poetics in Chinese: Problems and Prospects

Xiaolu Wang and Yan Liu in their article “Comparative Poetics in Chinese”, point out two major problems in studying comparative literature. They are: the issue of translation of Western theories and the approaching foreign scholarship with narrow minded nationalism. The first problem related to the issue of translation is that not many Chinese scholars are able to read Western theories in the original language. As translation often regarded as a form of recreation, research based on translation will naturally lead to misunderstandings and misuse of western theories in the Chinese context. Second problem with study of comparative literature is discipline’s nation based orientation or even “narrow minded nationalism”. It’s because… Read More

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