Literary Translation in Modern Iran

A sociological study

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<i>Literary Translation in Modern Iran: A sociological study</i> is the first comprehensive study of literary translation in modern Iran, covering the period from the late 19th century up to the present day. By drawing on Pierre BourdieuN's sociology of culture, this work investigates the people behind the selection, translation, and production of novels from English into Persian. The choice of novels such as Morier's <i>The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan</i>, Austen's <i>Pride and Prejudice</i>, and Vargas Llosa's <i>The War of the End of the World</i> provides insights into who decides upon titles for translation, motivations of translators and publishers, and the context in which such decisions are made.The author suggests that literary translation in Iran is not a straightforward activity. As part of the field of cultural production, literary translation has remained a lively game not only to examine and observe, but also often a challenging one to play. By adopting hide-and-seek strategies and with attention to the dynamic of the field of publishing, Iranian translators and publishers have continued to play the game against all odds.<br />The book is not only a contribution to the growing scholarship informed by sociological approaches to translation, but an essential reading for scholars and students of Translation Studies, Iranian Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies.

Subjects: Translation studies; Theoretical literature & literary studies; Sociology

  • Affiliations: 1: KU Leuven

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