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International Journal of Educational Curriculum Management and Research, 2023, 4(3); doi: 10.38007/IJECMR.2023.040307.

George Steiner’s Hermeneutic Translation Theory


Rongrong Ma

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Rongrong Ma

School of Foreign Languages, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu 610000, Sichuan, China


George Steiner is one of the most important translation theorists in the hermeneutic school. He believes that the essence of translation is understanding, which is an interpretive act. Whether it is intra-lingual translation or interlingual translation, translation needs to be understood before interpretation. His translation book After Babel: Aspects of Language and Translation explains in detail the relationship between hermeneutics and translation, which is an important book in translation school. Hermeneutics theory has its unique advantages, which embodies the translator's subjectivity, but it also has its limitations, for example, its exposition of the translated text is too broad, which leads to the loss of translation accuracy and "misreading". This paper discusses Steiner's Elaborative Translation Theory from five aspects: "Translation is comprehension", "Translation is more important than creation", "Translatability is conditional", "Four steps of translation" and "Limitation of translation".


George Steiner, Translation Theory, Translatability

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Rongrong Ma. George Steiner’s Hermeneutic Translation Theory. International Journal of Educational Curriculum Management and Research (2023), Vol. 4, Issue 3: 61-65. https://doi.org/10.38007/IJECMR.2023.040307.


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