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A Study on Translator’s Subjectivity in the English Version of The Razor’s Edge from the Perspective of Reception Aesthetics

Haitao Wen


Reception aesthetics is diff erent from other traditional translation theories. It holds that the process of literary translation is the process of accepting literary, which should not only respect the original work, but also pay attention to the translator’s subjectivity. Meanwhile, reception aesthetics holds that it also should pay attention to the reader. From the perspective of reception aesthetics, the translator is a special reader. Therefore, reception aesthetics provides a new perspective to study the subjectivity of translator. The author, based on the Perspective of Reception Aesthetics, selecting The razor’s edge translated by Zhou Xuliang,studies the exertion of the subjectivity of Zhou Xuliang, in order to provide some references for the study of translator’s subjectivity and provide some references for readers when choosing a translation. It hopes more domestic readers can know Maugham’s works,and promote the spread of good foreign works in China to promote cultural exchanges.


Reception aesthetics; The translator’s subjectivity; The razor’s edge; Zhou Xuliang

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18686/ahe.v6i21.6672