The Accuracy and Defamiliarization Translation Strategy of Pearl S. Buck on All Men Are Brothers

Jiya LI


The living standard of the people in the Song Dynasty was high and the culture of drinking, tavern and drinking customs were popular at that time. Chinese classic literature Shui Hu Zhuan has a large number of wine cultures writing in the background of Song Dynasty; it proved the prosperous culture of Song Dynasty in details,and this masterpiece was repeatedly translated into English world. Pearl S. Buck’s All Men Are Brothers received bad fame at the very beginning and since 2003 the version had been fairly evaluated. The author took Pearl S. Buck’s All Men Are Brothers and Jewish American scholar Sidney Shapiro’s Out Laws of the Marsh for example, studied the translation of tavern description, wine drinking customs and the name translation of wine from the perspective of culture, semantic and aesthetic,the author made a conclusion that the translator Pearl S. Buck is more familiar with the Chinese culture and during her translation, she reserved more accurate cultural terms and delivered a more exotic version of Chinese classic.


Pearl S. Buck’s All Men Are Brothers; translation of wine culture; accuracy; defamiliarization

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