Lu Xun on Translation

Greetings all,

In preparation for my presentation today, I've attached a short piece by Lu Xun on translation.  The translation is my own, incomplete and riddled with errors, but it should get the point across.  I will discuss this piece in conversation with four other, similar essays by Lu Xun, my translations of which are even more embarrassing than the attached.  All five essays treat similar themes, though with different emphases.

Time permitting, I plan to examine how Lu Xun expresses anxiety over cosmopolitanism through by mobilizing it in service of national ends.  Paradoxically, he criticizes the national in support of the cosmopolitan.  I will also focus on the role translation plays in the intellectual ecology of Shanghai.



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