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Yongyi Li

Yongyi Li is professor of English at Chongqing University, Chongqing, China. His major fields of inquiry include Anglo-American modernist poetry, Roman poetry and classical Chinese poetry. An active literary translator, he has rendered fourteen books into Chinese from English, French and Latin, of which Catullus' Carmina signaled the first full presentation of the Roman poet in China. liyongyi@cqu.edu.cn

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08/14/2017Yongyi Li
This article was originally published in Amphora 11.1. It has been edited slightly to adhere to current SCS blog conventions. On a wintry day in 1996, I was thumbing through catalogues in a deserted corner of the library of Beijing Normal University when my attention was suddenly seized by some titles in a language strangely familiar. I could easily decipher them because of their resemblance to English words, and I knew the names of the authors as I had read them in translations. Latin! My instinct told me. I relayed this discovery to my teacher of Shakespearean plays, a BA in...

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