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Date 2021-03-12


An Analysis of Yeh Shih-t’ao’s translation activities at the regional of East Asia


Wang, Hui-Chen

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


In this paper, mining research methods of positivism, using the concept of literary sociology of literary production, with Yeh Shih-t’ao translation activity as a specific example, to explain how he used “translation” expand literary production, transboundary cross-language translation practice.

At First, to compare Matsunaga Masayoshi (松永正義) and Wakabayashi Mashahiro’s (若林正丈) article version that Yeh Shih-t’ao has been translated, the article discusses how did it affect translated production by translator political considerations and ideology. It can illustrate the political translation.

Secondly, how Yeh Shih-t’ao make use of Japanese this cultural capital, to accumulate his economic capital through translated Japan mysteries. Clarify how he fit business model of popular literature, translation and introduction of Matsumoto Seicho’s (松本張清) works in the newspaper supplements, magazines, in order to meet the needs of the 1980s popular literature market of Taiwan. It can indicate the commercial translation.

Finally, the Yeh Shih-t’ao’s translation work “underground village” for example, Yeh Shih-t’ao was “re-translation” North Korea’s (戰前朝鮮) short story text from the prewar Japanese translation, showing his personal emphasize realism literature view, practice the significance of local characteristics and literary production activities. It can explain how he let Taiwan “readers” of 1980s to get a glimpse of other East Asian regional multicultural, and its special significance and text translation contribution in the postwar of Taiwan literary field.

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