A Critique of the English Translation of Dāstān-hā-ye Shahr-e Jangi Based on Reiss's Text-Typological Model


  • Salar Manafi Anri Allameh Tabataba'i University
  • Taher Jahanjouyan Allameh Tabataba'i University


Translation criticism, Sprachman, A City under Siege, Reiss’s model, text type


The present article aimed at scrutinizing the English translation of Dāstān-hā-ye Shahr-e Jangi (2009), published as A City under Siege (2011). The framework of criticism was the text typological model proposed by Reiss (2000). To this end, within the framework of a descriptive-comparative methodology, the relevant samples were identified and assessed based on the given model. Initially, the merits and demerits of the translation were pinpointed; then, the text-typological, linguistic, and extralinguistic dimensions of the source and target texts were compared. The findings revealed that A City under Siege, as a form-focused text, largely meets Reiss’ requirements for equivalence. Except for minor inadequacies in translating place factor and immediate context, this suggestion is valid inasmuch as the translation has also guaranteed the accuracy of information presented in the ST while retaining the relevant formal and aesthetic elements, which is in compliance with her ‘identifying’ method.

Author Biographies

Salar Manafi Anri, Allameh Tabataba'i University

Professor, Department of English Translation Studies, Faculty of Persian Literature and Foreign Languages, Allameh Tabataba'i University, Tehran, Iran;

Taher Jahanjouyan, Allameh Tabataba'i University

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English Translation Studies, Faculty of Persian Literature and Foreign languages, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran;


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2020-06-24 — Updated on 2020-06-29


How to Cite

Manafi Anri, S., & Jahanjouyan, T. (2020). A Critique of the English Translation of Dāstān-hā-ye Shahr-e Jangi Based on Reiss’s Text-Typological Model. Translation Studies Quarterly, 17(68), 77-94. Retrieved from https://journal.translationstudies.ir/ts/article/view/745 (Original work published June 24, 2020)



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