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Women Write IranNostalgia and Human Rights from the Diaspora$
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Nima Naghibi

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816683826

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816683826.001.0001

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Righting the Past

Righting the Past

(p.1) Introduction Righting the Past
Women Write Iran

Nima Naghibi

University of Minnesota Press

WHAT IS AT STAKE IN THE WRITING OF A LIFE? In what ways can the writing of a life narrative right the wrongs of a traumatic past? Vital to the writing, reading, and circulation of life narratives that contain, at their core, traumatic memories and accounts of human rights violations is the recognizability of the subject as human, and the validation of her story as authentic. As scholars who work on trauma and human rights have observed, the role of a willing reader-spectator-witness is crucial to the process of narrating and working through traumatic memories....

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