Adapting Foucault’s Archaeological Notions in Translation Studies


  • Gilnaz Yousefian 📧 Allameh Tabataba’i University
  • Farzaneh Farahzad Allameh Tabataba’i University


The present paper aimed to shed more light on the horizon of discourse-based historical research in translation by summarizing the findings derived from a close reading of Foucault’s important book, The Archaeology of Knowledge, in the researcher’s Ph.D. thesis. It strived to set forth a synthesis of Foucault's core archaeological notions and develop a model for translation research based on Foucauldian Discourse Analysis (FDA), to yield some illuminating insights for translation researchers who intend to be engaged with Foucault’s approaches to discourse and history. On that account, a discourse-based definition of translation as a set-theoretical function was provided and different steps and constituents for identifying translational discourses and procedures of delimitation were elaborated and re-characterized for translation.


Archaeology, Discourse, Genealogy, Rules of Formation, Statement

Author Biographies

Gilnaz Yousefian, Allameh Tabataba’i University

Ph.D. Candidate in Translation Studies, School of Graduate Studies, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Iran;

Farzaneh Farahzad, Allameh Tabataba’i University

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


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Yousefian, G., & Farahzad, F. . (2022). Adapting Foucault’s Archaeological Notions in Translation Studies. Translation Studies Quarterly, 20(77), 11–28. Retrieved from



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