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Translating Chinese Literature and the Innovation of Knowledge: James Legge's Chinese Classics

Translating Chinese Literature and the Innovation of Knowledge: James Legge's Chinese Classics

Date: 2019/2/23 (Saturday)
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Venue: City Hall Public Library (Extension Activities Room)
Speaker: Prof. CHEN I-Hsin (Assistant Professor, Department of Translation, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Organizer: Jointly organized by the Hong Kong Public Libraries and the Hong Kong Translation Society
Remarks: Conducted in English and supplemented with Putonghua. Free admission by reservation. Reservations for the talk starts on 02.02.2019 (Saturday) and can be made by calling 2921 2555 or register online at this website. Seats are limited. Each person may reserve only one seat for each talk. First-come-first-served.
Enquiry: 2921 2555

How does the translation of classical Chinese literature enable us to innovate knowledge, inspiring us to reconsider and rejuvenate what we think we already know? This lecture will discuss the innovation of knowledge in the sinologist-translator James Legge's (1815–1897) Chinese Classics. We will explore various examples in Legge's translation of the Confucian Analects, Great Learning, Doctrine of the Mean, Mencius, and Book of Historical Documents. In doing so, we will see how Legge develops in-depth dialogue between the Chinese and Western traditions in his translation, and how he invites us to renew many concepts that are relevant to our daily practices and intellectual growth through such cross-cultural dialogue, such as the concepts of virtue, principle, human nature, religion, philosophy, and universal love.