翻譯研究發展迄今，中、外譯論無數。無論是德國哲學家兼翻譯理論家班雅明（Walter Benjamin）稱譯者的任務乃在於為原作創造繼起的生命，又或是比利時翻譯學家與譯者安德烈．勒菲弗爾（Andre Alphons Lefevere）將「翻譯」視為是對來自另一文化文本的改寫，都再再印證了翻譯及譯者在跨語言及跨文化交流過程中的重要性及影響力。
據此，本研究以臺灣女作家陳玉慧的長篇小說《海神家族》為研究對象，以翻譯文化學派理論為基礎，以文本對比分析及作者訪談方式，集中探討其德文譯本Die Insel der Göttin中的改寫方式與成因，以供日後我國譯介臺灣文學的參考。
With the development of translation studies, numerous translation theories in Chinese and foreign languages have been proposed to date. German philosopher and translation theorist Walter Benjamin considers that the translator’s task is creating a continuing life for the original. Belgium translation studies scholar and translator André Alphons Lefevere regards “translation” as a rewrite of the texts from other cultures. No matter which, the importance and influence of translation and translators are proven in the process of cross-linguistic and cross-cultural exchanges.
Given that Germany is prevailing in national power and industry and a leading character in humanities, “how to translate German texts into Chinese properly” has been a heated research topic between the cross-strait. However, in terms of the German translations of Chinese texts, especially the German translation of Taiwanese Literature, they receive little attention. As Dr. David Der-wei Wang has called for, “translation” is a necessary approach to publicize the image of Taiwan and the consciousness of Taiwanese in the international community. In the time when Taiwan is reaching out to the world, it becomes urgent to investigate Taiwanese literature translation (including German translation).
As the above, the research subject of this study is the novel—Mazu’s Bodyguards—by a Taiwanese female writer Jade Y. Chen. Applying cultural translation theory, interviewing the author, and doing a comparative analysis of the texts, the study focuses on discussing the methodology and cause of the adaptation of the German translation Die Insel der Göttin, which offers a reference for later translation of Taiwanese literature.
KEYWORDS: Chinese/German translation, manipulation theory, patronage, translator’s invisibility, Taiwan literary translation, Mazu’s Bodyguards