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Partly because of the increased use of the computer in creative writing, from the mid-1990s onward, visual, audio and performing-arts components have been integrated into the Chinese poetic text in an unprecedented manner. This paper presents a number of poems where visual form interacts with literary technique. When dealing with these texts, translators have often opted for non-translation. Indeed, translation of these texts presents serious challenges: How can we translate into an alphabetic language the interplay between verbal and visual so inherently embedded in certain uses of Chinese characters? How can we translate the relation and involvement between different artistic media into an exclusively verbal format? After presenting three different but not exclusive modes of resorting to the visual in contemporary Chinese poetry, I point out unique text-based issues, and derive a number of theoretical implications, which can inform the translation of these poems into English.

In: China and Its Others
Author: Cosima Bruno
In Between the Lines Cosima Bruno illustrates how the study of translation can enhance our experience of reading poetry.
By inquiring into the mutual dependence of the source text and its translation, the study offers both theoretical insights and methodological tools that bring in-depth stylistic analysis to bear on the translations as against the originals.
Through such a process of discovery, Cosima Bruno elaborates a textual exegesis of the work by Yang Lian, one of the most translated, and critically acclaimed contemporary Chinese poets.
This book thus reconciles the theory-practice divide in translation studies, as well as helps to dismantle the lingering Eurocentrism still present in the discipline.
In: Between the Lines:Yang Lian's Poetry through Translation
In: Between the Lines:Yang Lian's Poetry through Translation
In: Between the Lines:Yang Lian's Poetry through Translation
In: Between the Lines:Yang Lian's Poetry through Translation
In: Between the Lines:Yang Lian's Poetry through Translation
In: Between the Lines:Yang Lian's Poetry through Translation
In: Between the Lines:Yang Lian's Poetry through Translation
In: Between the Lines:Yang Lian's Poetry through Translation