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Date: 23-Sep-2011
From: Nikou Kheirkhah <>
Subject: Freedom and Constraint in Literary Translation: A culture-based approach on translation of tropes
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Institution: Islamic Azad University, Tehran Program: Ph.D. Defence session Dissertation Status: Completed Degree Date: 2011

Author: Nikou Kheirkhah

Dissertation Title: Freedom and Constraint in Literary Translation: A culture-based approach on translation of tropes

Linguistic Field(s): Translation
Dissertation Director:
Hamidreza Shaeeri Ali Mohammad Haghshenas Farzan Sojoodi
Dissertation Abstract:

This dissertation tries to investigate the process of literary translation,specifically literary tropes. How culture is controlling this process andhow the equivalents are chosen are the main problems to be focused on. Thetranslation of Molavi's Mathnawi by Reynolds, A. Nicholson is the corpus ofstudy. Metaphor as it is defined by modern linguistics is the main concernof the research.

Through a thorough review of literature, several frameworks are chosen.Newmark's model (1988b) and Harvey's framework (2000) are the ones to beconsidered for the study of translation of Metaphor and Culture-basedConcepts respectively.

Metaphors found in Book 1 of Molavi's work are classified according to theframework and the findings are shown by the bar-graphs. Then Nicholson'stranslation techniques were observed with care.

A Metaphorical Signification and a Metaphor-nature-based model are thenintroduced by the study. The model is applicable not only to the corpusunder study, but to almost every literal and cultural interlanguagetranslation. Harvey's framework was applied to the Culture-based Conceptsand once more the translator's techniques were investigated.

The ultimate outcome is a framework proposed by the research, suggestingtechniques for translation of different Metaphorical expressions accordingto the nature of metaphors, the concept which is aroused by the researchearlier.

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