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Date 2021-03-09


The Cultural Politics in NISIKAWA MITURU’s Literature Translation during the Post-martial Period


Wang, Hui-Chen

Associate Professer, Department of Institute of Taiwan Literature, National Tsing Hua University


The paper focuses on NISIKAWA MITURU (1908-1999), the cultural politics between literature and translation. His translation activities have always been controversial, because of his political identity and the theory of imperial literature in the field of Taiwan literature after the war. However, the rise of Taiwanese nationalism during the post-martial period, it emphasized the diversity of the origins of Taiwan's culture, therefore it let his work to be re-read and understanding by the “translation” path.

The paper was based on NIKAWA MITURU's literary translation as the main topic of discussion, after his repatriation from Taiwan to Japan. And try to clarify the writing characteristics of NIKAWA MITURU in the Japanese Repatriate Literature after the war. Moreover, how Taiwanese translators choose his Taiwanese writing around the period of the end of Martial Law, the results can provide the structure of the subjectivity of Taiwan literature. To emphasize NIKAWA MITURU’s Native soil of literature, trying to reverse his stereotypical writer image before the war. These post-colonial translations, however, are not realist “native soil” native which the Taiwanese advocates, but rather “native soil” which is the author’s romantic homesickness. In the process of translation, the translator betrayed is not a departure from the semantic, but in response to cultural and political discourse required. “Native soil” is their greatest common denominator, and it is another important perspective for readers of the 1990s to re-read and understand NIKAWA MITURU’s literature.

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