A Comparative Study of Translation at Colonial and Post-Colonial Periods in Iran

Authors

  • Hussein Mollanazar
  • Mohammad Reza Hosseini

Abstract

The present paper studies the impacts of colonialism on translation within the framework of post-colonial paradigm. To this end, two translations of Haji Baba of Ispahan written by James Morrier, which were carried out during colonial and post-colonial periods, are compared with each other and with the original. This book is a sarcastic story about Iran and Iranian tenets and morale and was later considered a serious book and taught to British Army officers in India who were supposed to go to Iran on mission. The first translation belongs to Mirza Habib Esfahani who translated the book during the rule of Qajar dynasty – which is a period in the history of Iran known for the intervention of colonizing powers. The second translation is done by Mehdi Afshar and is translated after Islamic Revolution in 1979 which is considered the post-colonial period. In the comparison process, expansions and reductions were extracted, analyzed and categorized. Results reflected negative reaction of translators against colonization and colonizers which were more serious during the colonization period and a little subsided in the post-colonial period. It is worth mentioning that the reaction of translators was in line with their political orientation during their lives, according to their biographies.

Author Biographies

Hussein Mollanazar

Assistant Professor, Department of English Translation, Allameh Tabataba’i University

Mohammad Reza Hosseini

Part-time Lecturer, Department of English Translation, Allameh Tabataba’i University and Research Member of the Persian Academy

Published

2011-05-31

How to Cite

Mollanazar, H., & Hosseini, M. R. (2011). A Comparative Study of Translation at Colonial and Post-Colonial Periods in Iran. Translation Studies Quarterly, 9(33). Retrieved from https://journal.translationstudies.ir/ts/article/view/463

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Section

Scientific Research Paper

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