An Analysis of Karen Kingsbury’s English Version of Love in a Fallen City Under the Guidance of Toury’s Translation Norm Theory

Xiaowen XUE


Love in a Fallen City is one of the masterpieces of Eileen Chang, with great artistic value and aesthetic significance. The English version translated by Karen Kingsbury has also been widely accepted by readers in English-speaking countries. The paper attempts to analyze the work under Toury’s translation norm theory, discussing how Karen’s version successfully fulfills the initial norm, preliminary norms and operational norms; thus providing a new perspective to study C-E translation of such literary works as Love in a Fallen City.


Karen Kingsbury; Love in a Fallen City; Toury’s translation norm theory

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Chang, E. (2012). Love in a fallen city. Beijing: Beijing October Literature and Arts Publishing House.

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