Translation and Dissemination of Yang’s Selected Tales of Liaozhai From the Paratext Perspective

Fang HUANG, Changbao LI


Liaozhai Zhiyi, one of the masterpieces in classical Chinese literature, has been translated into various languages and has an international influence. Based on the paratext theory, this paper attempts to analyze the paratexts of Yang’s English version Selected Tales of Liaozhai and the role it plays in the translation and dissemination by exploring the epitexts including translators’ identity, autobiography and the magazine Chinese Literature as well as the peritexts such as the book cover, titles, annotations, preface and postscript, in hopes of revealing inspirations for “going out” of the Chinese culture.



Liaozhai Zhiyi; Yang Xianyi’s English version; Paratext

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