Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies ›› 2022, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (4): 22-32.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2022.04.003

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Translation and Introduction of Knowledge on Virus Since Late Qing and Republican China: From the Perspective of Transknowletology

MIAO Peng()   

  • Online:2022-08-28 Published:2022-09-13


Transknowletology provides a new perspective for historical studies on the translation of disciplinary knowledge. The translation and introduction of Western medical knowledge in the late Qing Dynasty and Republican China typically reflect the relation between linguistic transformation, discourse formulation, and knowledge construction in knowledge translation. In the context of the translation of knowledge on "virus" during the said period and various texts from dictionaries, newspapers, periodicals, and books, this article reviews specific cases of linguistic transformation, examines discourse formulation at different stages, and outlines the process of knowledge construction. The translation and introduction of modern knowledge on "virus" could be viewed as a true representation of the production and re-production of Western medical knowledge in China, as well as China's medical modernization driven by the translation of such knowledge.

Key words: transknowletology, translation history, virus, term translation, discourse formulation

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