This essay explores the dynamics of transcreation in art and poetry, focusing on the image of a dog barking at the moon in four Taiwanese poems. By putting them in connection with each other and with other texts from different times and artistic traditions, I wish to contribute to a dismantling of the “influence paradigm,” move beyond contestations over the comparative approach, and demonstrate a critical method that recognizes the enduring fascination for the meme but equally appreciates change, approximation and adaptation, rather than closed-off conversion from a source text to a target text.
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Bruno, C. (2017). Dog Barking at the Moon: Transcreation of a Meme in Art and Poetry. Journal of Modern Literature in Chinese, 14(2)-15(1), 161-186.