Mutatis Mutandis, Volume (12), No (2), Year (2019-8) , Pages (433-453)

Title : ( Iranian Amateur Subtitling Apparatus: A Qualitative Investigation )

Authors: Saeed Ameri , Masood Khoshsaligheh ,

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The number of studies addressing non-professional or amateur subtitling or fansubbing has increasingly multiplied over the past years, underlying its relevance in the present world. This is partly because a growing number of audiences worldwide now watch TV series and films with subtitles by amateur subtitlers, which are freely shared online, and Iranian viewers are certainly included. In Iran, to get around the “cultural gate-keeping” policy advocated and strictly enforced by the state in the national media system, from the early 2010s onward, numerous Persian-language websites have embarked on a new initiative whereby original, especially American TV series and films are made available for download together with their Persian subtitles. Despite the upsurge of this phenomenon in the Iranian context, there is limited literature and research on Persian non-professional subtitling. To fill this knowledge gap, this article aims to examine and analyze the different practices that are closely associated with Persian amateur subtitling. This includes building a profile of Iranian amateur subtitlers, along with an account of their working process, followed by a description of fansubbed products. The data are gathered using an open-ended questionnaire with a criterion sample of Iranian non-professional subtitlers, a survey of Iran-based video and subtitle sharing websites, and a close examination of the common features found in fansubbed Persian products, including reading speed and fansubbers’ experimentation with the original.


, amateur subtitling, non-professional subtitling, fansubbing, fansubbers, Persian subtitling, Iran
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author = {Ameri, Saeed and Khoshsaligheh, Masood},
title = {Iranian Amateur Subtitling Apparatus: A Qualitative Investigation},
journal = {Mutatis Mutandis},
year = {2019},
volume = {12},
number = {2},
month = {August},
issn = {2011-799X},
pages = {433--453},
numpages = {20},
keywords = {amateur subtitling; non-professional subtitling; fansubbing; fansubbers; Persian subtitling; Iran},


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%T Iranian Amateur Subtitling Apparatus: A Qualitative Investigation
%A Ameri, Saeed
%A Khoshsaligheh, Masood
%J Mutatis Mutandis
%@ 2011-799X
%D 2019