Approximated Perfection: What Jane Austen Can Teach Us About Translation
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.
Translator / Ghostwriter / Ghost Composer
Commentary: Cultural Information and Minimal Literacy in Text and Translation
From Sinology to Translation and Back Again
Author and Translator: A Mutually Rewarding yet Uneasy and Sometimes Fragile Relationship
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.