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Translated Illustration and the Indigenization of Christianity in Late Qing Chinese Christian Novels
AuthorYao Dadui 姚达兌 [姚達兌]
Pub. LocationLeidenPublisherBrill
Date2016Phys. Desc.pdf. [32 p. : color ill.]
LocationDigital ArchivesCall NumberBR117.Y27 2016d
Translated Illustration and the Indigenization of Christianity in Late Qing Chinese Christian Novels / Yao Dadui.
Extract from: Frontiers of Literary Studies in China [Front. Lit. Stud. China] 2016, 10(2): 255–286.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 285-286)

Abstract: “Intersemiotic translation” is categorized by Roman Jakobson as one of three types of translation. Translation of illustrations in the late Qing novels, either directly from verbal signs or visual signs, can also be regarded as a typical kind of “intersemiotic translation.” The present article studies illustrations in Chinese Christian literature in the late Qing period, especially those in the Chinese translations of John Bunyan’s works, The Pilgrim’s Progress and The Holy War. Questions to ponder are how inter-semiotic translation occurs between these illustrations—in either transferring or transplanting the meanings from one sign system to another—and how it establishes its legitimacy through religious negotiation, ideological conflict, and cultural integration. The illustrations in the Chinese translation versions of The Pilgrim’s Progress manifest the translators’ and illustrators’ manipulation of repertoires of Chinese religious signs, thereby indigenizing a foreign religion. These illustrations, nevertheless, are not only associated with Christianity, but also with the long-lasting visual signs of Chinese culture. Hence these translated illustrations could be considered as a type of “Translated Christianity.”

Local access dig.pdf. [Yao-Translated Illustration.pdf]

Subject(s)Bunyan, John, 1628-1688. Pilgrim's Progress--Illustrations, Chinese
Ricci, Matteo 利瑪竇, 1552-1610--Portrait
Christian art and symbolism--China
Christian literature, Chinese--16th-17th centuries
Christian literature, Chinese--19th-20th centuries
Christian literature, Chinese--18th century
Transmission of texts
Illustrated books--China--Ming-Qing dynasties, 1368-1911
Rec. TypeExtract (PDF)LanguageEnglish
CollectionRicci Institute LibraryRec. #19833