A Comparative-analytic Study of some Theoretical Issues in Translation Studies via Freud’s Ideas



Psychoanalysis was founded by the famous psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud (1856–1939), at the turn of the century. Therefore, the science of psychoanalysis does not have a long history. Moreover, in contrast to the long-standing activity of translating, translation in the form of the discipline called Translation Studies, has a short history. The present article studies some ideas of Freud and investigates the relationship between his ideas and some notions in Translation Studies. In the first part, Freud’s ideas on the unconscious and its formation are explained. Then, the process of new-born-baby’s growth, some mental disorders, and Oedipus complex are reviewed. Finally, the author investigates the relationship between the psychoanalyst’s ideas and some theoretical issues in Translation Studies. To accomplish this, it is attempted to take a look at Freud’s ideas through the spectacles of Translation Studies. Findings indicated that Oedipus complex is comparable to some concepts in translation studies; moreover, it was found that one can abstractly compare the process of new-born-baby’s growth with that of producing translation.


Psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, Translation Studies, Unconscious

Author Biography

Mahmoud Afrouz, University of Isfahan

Assistant Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Foreign Languages, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran;


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How to Cite

Afrouz, M. (2019). A Comparative-analytic Study of some Theoretical Issues in Translation Studies via Freud’s Ideas. Iranian Journal of Translation Studies, 17(66), 23–36. Retrieved from https://journal.translationstudies.ir/ts/article/view/725



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