Howard Goldblatt’s Translations of Mo Yan’s Works into English: Reader Oriented Approach


Nishit Kumar

Translation Today, Volume 15 Issue 1, 2021

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Abstract: This article examines the strategies followed by Howard Goldblatt, the official translator of Mo Yan while translating his works from Chinese into English. Mo Yan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2012 and critics argued that it was Goldblatt’s translation that was mainly responsible for Mo Yan’s Nobel Prize in Literature. Though Mo Yan’s works in translation are available in various languages, it is Goldblatt’s version that has become most popular. Therefore, from the perspective of Translation Studies, it would be interesting to identify the techniques used by Goldblatt that make his translations so special. The present paper compares titles, structure, and culture-specific expressions in the original and its English translation to identify the strategies followed by Howard Goldblatt in translating Chinese literary texts.

About the authorNishit Kumar was a HYI Chinese Studies In India Program Visiting Fellow from 2019-20.