The Analects of Confucius: A Philosophical Translation

Tan Xiaoli
March 2013
Translation Quarterly;Mar2013, Issue 67, p21
Academic Journal
The translation of The Analects by Roger T. Ames and Henry Rosemont was meant to contest the cultural universalism propagated by Western scholars with their pride in Western philosophy and religion. The text is characterised by post-structuralist features—the co-existence of transliteration and interpretation, creative writing and imitation, subversion and fluency. Some prominent elements of The Analects of Confucius: A Philosophical Translation are discussed at length in this article: the emphasis on process rather than result, the focus on social interaction rather than on isolated individuals. The translation is also noted for the translators' creative interpretation, their use of quotations from various sources and their artistic language. The article analyses the translators' strategies embodied therein and generalise about the project's relevance to translation studies.


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