University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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Gender identity, Culture, and Translation

29 October 2015 (18:00-19:30)
Giovanna Comerio -
What are the connections between the translator’s gender identity, the sociocultural context, and the translation? How the translators’ gender identities and sociocultural factors influenced the Chinese translations of The Second Sex, and the English translation (Parshley 1952) of Le Deuxième Sexe (Beauvoir 1949)?

Four Chinese translations of this twentieth-century feminist classic will be compared in order to understand to what extent the gender identity of the translator and the sociocultural context can make a difference in translation, with a special attention to translation of the lesbian content, particularly in ‘The Lesbian’ chapter.

Lily Yu holds a PhD in Translation and Intercultural Studies. She is assistant professor of Translation Studies in the School of International Communications. She is author of Translating Feminism in China: Gender, Sexuality and Censorship (2015, Routledge).

About the ‘Gender, Culture and Identities Dialogues’

With a focus on gender, culture and identities, the series broadens the learning experience of students from all faculties. Staff from different schools and campuses, speakers from student societies and the broader community will meet students and give them an opportunity to discuss and learn together. Students will explore the identity through the notions of gender, identity, and culture. Topics will range from gender to feminism, from women and career to masculinity, and intercultural communication.
The series is supported by the Faculty of Arts and Education and the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Once a month:
• Meet in a supportive and stimulating environment
• Share your views and opinions about various aspects of identity
• Talk with scholars from different disciplines and experts from various backgrounds