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Theory Transmission:from One-way to Two-way
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Pages: 122-127,133
Year: Issue:  3
Journal: Journal of Shenzhen University(Humanities & Social Sciences)

Keyword:  theory transmissionHillis MillerWestern literary theoryChinese discourse;
Abstract: For a long time, China’s literary theory and criticism was overshadowed by Western theories. Through translation, Western theories have a clear path to China’s literary critical discourse. There are changes and aberrance during the transmission, but the transmission and aberrance have long been unidirectional: from West to East. J. Hillis Miller, an American literary critic recently published a collection of speeches in the West and China at the same time. The theories do not travel in a one-way system in this book, to which he adds the dialogues between Western theorists and their Chinese counterparts. This marks a good beginning. In this paper, the author holds that the rapid development of Chinese economy allows Chinese scholars to bring Chinese culture and literary theories to the world. In this regard, Miller’s dialogue with Chinese scholar ZHANG Jiang probably signifies the beginning of a two-way transmission of theories. However, we Chinese scholars should take the initiative to communicate and dialogue with the mainstream academics in the West and the world. It is true that translation might well cause aberrance of Chinese theory in the West, but it is worth it if we continue the dialogue between Chinese and Western literary theories.
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