University of Surrey

Test tubes in the lab Research in the ATI Dance Research

Empresses adapted to impress: Examining adaptation and translation in the TV Series Empresses in the Palace

Zhang, Shasha and Perdikaki, Katerina (2017) Empresses adapted to impress: Examining adaptation and translation in the TV Series Empresses in the Palace New Voices in Translation Studies, 17. pp. 105-131.

Empresses in the Palace_final.pdf - Accepted version Manuscript

Download (589kB) | Preview


This article examines the interrelation between adaptation and translation and the impact of this interrelation on the communication of cultural content in audiovisual products. The paper focuses on the case of the American adaptation Empresses in the Palace, which is based on the Chinese TV series The Legend of Zhen Huan. Empresses in the Palace was subtitled from Chinese into English and it was broadcast on US Netflix. The study discusses the adaptation changes that occur between the Chinese and the American version and the subtitling strategies used to render culture-specific references (CSRs). The American adaptation is a considerably edited version of the Chinese series; yet it is overloaded with cultural information which may be inaccessible to an English-speaking audience. The analysis shows that the condensation involved in the American adaptation affects the translation of CSRs and has potential implications for the circulation of cultural products in a digital era

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages
Authors :
Date : 12 November 2017
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Open Access article. New Voices in Translation Studies is the open-access, peer-reviewed online journal of IATIS.
Uncontrolled Keywords : adaptation, audiovisual translation, culture-specific references, subtitling
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 22 Nov 2017 12:49
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 19:04

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

Information about this web site

© The University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, United Kingdom.
+44 (0)1483 300800