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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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Revolution, Nostalgia, and Memory in Diasporic Iranian Memoirs

Revolution, Nostalgia, and Memory in Diasporic Iranian Memoirs

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(p.127) Chapter 5 Revolution, Nostalgia, and Memory in Diasporic Iranian Memoirs
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Women Write Iran
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Nima Naghibi

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816683826.003.0006

The chapter discusses the prominent place of the 1979 revolution in these narratives, and argues that the experience of the revolution was both formative and destructive: formative because it occurred in their childhood or early adolescence, and destructive because it destroyed their known worlds. These narratives convey a nostalgia for an idealized time: pre-revolutionary Iran, and an idealized period in the authors’ lives: childhood. The second half of this chapter examines mediated nostalgia and memory for pre-revolutionary Iran.

Keywords:   1979 Iranian revolution, nostalgia, idealized history, childhood memory, revisionist, mediation

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