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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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Claiming Neda

Claiming Neda

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(p.17) Chapter 1 Claiming Neda
Source:
Women Write Iran
Author(s):

Nima Naghibi

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816683826.003.0002

The chapter examines 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. The claiming of Neda as a symbol of freedom, and as a symbol of all Iranians afforded diasporic Iranians the opportunity to share their personal stories of exile, of diasporic nostalgia, of personal and political trauma through the figure of Neda.

Keywords:   Neda Agha Soltan, video, diasporic life narratives, Iran, exile, political and personal trauma

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