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- DescriptionWomen Write Iran is the first full-length study on life narratives by Iranian women in the diaspora. Nima Naghibi investigates auto/biographical narratives across genres--including memoirs, documentary films, prison testimonials, and graphic vels--and finds that they are tied together by the experience of the 1979 Iranian revolution as a traumatic event and by a powerful stalgia for an idealized past.Naghibi is particularly interested in writing as both an expression of memory and an assertion of human rights. She discovers that writing life narratives contributes to the larger enterprise of righting historical injustices. By drawing on the empathy of the reader/spectator/witness, Naghibi contends, life narratives offer the possibilities of connecting to others and responding with an increased commitment to social justice. <p/> The book opens with an examination of how the widely circulated video footage of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan on the streets of Tehran in June 2009 triggered the articulation of life narratives by diasporic Iranians. It concludes with a discussion of the prominent place of the 1979 revolution in these narratives. Throughout, the focus is on works that have become popular in the West, such as Marjane Satrapi's best-selling graphic vel Persepolis. Naghibi addresses the significant questions raised by these works: How do we engage with human rights and social justice as readers in the West? How do these narratives draw our attention and elicit our empathic reactions? And what is our responsibility as witnesses to trauma, atrocity, and human suffering?
- Author BiographyNima Naghibi is associate professor of English at Ryerson University in Toronto. She is the author of Rethinking Global Sisterhood: Western Feminism and Iran (Minnesota 2007).
- Author(s)Nima Naghibi
- PublisherUniversity of Minnesota Press
- Date of Publication01/06/2016
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationMinnesota
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Minnesota Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight272 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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