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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

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

Nima Naghibi

University of Minnesota Press

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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