Dr Mengzhen Yue

UK Host Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Project status

Aristotle’s Rhetoric in China: Translation, Politics, and Abridgement

This project will study the first Chinese translation of Aristotle’s Rhetoric by Luo Niansheng within a crosscultural context of exchanges of texts and concepts, as well as in the political and cultural contexts of 1950s and 1960s China. The research will be carried out in collaboration with Prof. Lene Rubinstein at the Department of Classics, Royal Holloway University of London, to contribute to the emerging research fields of Global Classics and reception studies. The project will considerably advance scholarly understanding of Chinese reception of the Graeco-Roman world and its legacy, in particular, the reception of ancient Greek and Roman rhetoric in non-European, and especially East Asian, contexts.

Outputs and media

‘Translating Aristotle’s Rhetoric amid Shifting Tides: Politics and Translator’s Autonomy in 1950s-1960s China’

Presentation at 'Aristotle: Cultural Translations of Rhetoric and Emotion' workshop - November 2023

'Translating Aristotle’s Rhetoric in 1950s-1960s China: Politics and Translator’s Autonomy'

Conference presentation at the 2024 Joint Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies - January 2024

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