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Translating 'Nation' in Late Qing China: The Discourse and Power of Nation in the Remaking of Chinese Society, 1895-1911

Cao, Qing (2021) 'Translating 'Nation' in Late Qing China: The Discourse and Power of Nation in the Remaking of Chinese Society, 1895-1911.', in Translation as a Set of Frames: Ideology, Power, Discourse, Identity & Representation. London: Routledge , pp. 193-208. Routledge Studies in Language and Identity.

Abstract

Nation as a translated concept must be understood within this backdrop of rapid, volatile and often violent changes around the turn of the 20th century in the last decade of the Qing Empire. There were two major phases of translation in late Qing, paralleling two waves of external conflicts. The first was the 1860–1900 period, in which a total of 555 books were translated—five times more than the first half of the century. The second phase of translation occurred during the last decade of the Qing Dynasty, from 1900 to the 1911 Xinhai Revolution. It is important to note the conceptual transfer from the West to China, however, is different from other Asian countries. Late Qing anti-establishment forces did not overlook the idea of guomin. Richter argues that the understanding of translation as intercultural communication is flawed by inequalities of power in colonial or semi-colonial settings.

Item Type:Book chapter
Full text:Publisher-imposed embargo until 15 January 2023.
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9781003024828-13/translating-nation-late-qing-china-qing-cao
Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Translation as a Set of Frames: Ideology, Power, Discourse, Identity & Representation on 15 July 2021, available online: http://www.routledge.com/9780367456979
Date accepted:14 November 2020
Date deposited:03 November 2021
Date of first online publication:15 July 2021
Date first made open access:15 January 2023

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