The Manipulation of Ideology in Children’s Literature Translation: A Comparative Study on Two Chinese Versions of Charlotte’s Web

Wenjia ZHOU, Yuying LI


The manipulation theory focuses translation studies on the outside of the text, pointing out that ideology mainly comes from the behavior patterns, conventions and beliefs of a certain mainstream class or a certain stage of society as a whole, which will unconsciously manipulate the translator’s way of dealing with the linguistic and cultural characteristics of the literary source text. Based on this concept, this paper aims to expand the theoretical study of children’s literature translation by making a comparative study of Kang Xin’s and Ren Rong’s translations of Charlotte’s Web, and finds that different social ideologies manipulate the translator’s personal translation purpose, which in turn prompts them to choose different translation methods and strategies in terms of language style and culture loaded words, resulting in two different versions with different styles.


Ideology; Children’s literature translation; Charlotte’s web; Comparative study

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