Public Lectures​

Approximated Perfection: What Jane Austen Can Teach Us About Translation

Speaker: Dr. Sylvia Li-chun Lin

Sylvia Li-chun Lin was Associate Professor of Chinese at the University of Notre Dame, where she taught modern and contemporary Chinese literature, film, and culture. In 2013, she resigned from Notre Dame to be a full time translator and writer. She has translated dozens of short stories and co-translated full-length novels by Li Ang, Chu Tian-wen, Bi Feiyu, Liu Zhenyun, and others.

28 April 2017

Translator / Ghostwriter / Ghost Composer

Speaker: Brian Holton
16 December 2015

Commentary: Cultural Information and Minimal Literacy in Text and Translation

Speaker: Professor Stephen H. West
Professor West is Foundation Professor of Chinese in the School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University. With Wilt Idema, he has translated over forty Chinese dramas from the Yuan and Ming dynasties, the most recent of which will appear in The Orphan of Zhao and Other Yuan Plays, which will be published by Columbia University Press in early 2015. He Has also published translations and academic articles on urban culture in the Song, garden culture, and poetry of the Song-Yuan era.
04 November 2014

From Sinology to Translation and Back Again

Speaker: Professor David Pollard
Professor David E. Pollard received his MA in Chinese from the Cambridge University and his Ph.D. from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He later taught at SOAS and was Chair Professor of Chinese from 1979 to 1989. He joined The Chinese University of Hong Kong as Chair Professor of Translation in 1989, until his retirement in 1997. He then took the position of Research Professor at the Hong Kong City University, 1998–1999 and was a Visiting Fellow at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford in 1999–2000.
07 December 2013

Author and Translator: A Mutually Rewarding yet Uneasy and Sometimes Fragile Relationship

Speaker: Professor Howard Goldblatt

Professor Howard Goldblatt has taught modern Chinese literature and culture for more than a quarter of a century. He was Professor of Chinese Literature at the University of Colorado from 1988 to 2002 before taking up an appointment as a Research Professor of Chinese at the University of Notre Dame, and later became the Director of the Notre Dame Centre for Asian Studies.

Professor Goldblatt has been a member of the Editorial Committee of Renditions since 1985 and has contributed a great number of translations to Renditions. He was also a visiting scholar to the Research Centre for Translation in 1990.

Known as the foremost translator of modern and contemporary Chinese literature in the West, he has published English translations of more than forty novels and story collections by writers from mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. His works include Huang Chunming’s The Taste of Apples and Xiao Hong’s The Field of Life and Death & Tales of Hulan River. He received two translation fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim grant and other major translation awards, including three of the first five winners of the Man Asian Literary Prize, for his translations Wolf Totem (by Jiang Rong), The Boat to Redemption (by Su Tong), and Three Sisters (by Bi Feiyu). He translated almost all of the Noble laureate Mo Yan’s novels into English, such as The Garlic Ballads, Red Sorghumand The Republic of Wine, and is Mo’s first, and so far, only English translator. It was he who submitted the letter of nomination of Mo Yan to the Nobel Prize Committee.

02 November 2013