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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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Testimonial Life Narratives

Testimonial Life Narratives

Chapter:
(p.155) Conclusion Testimonial Life Narratives
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Women Write Iran
Author(s):

Nima Naghibi

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816683826.003.0007

MY ARGUMENT IN THIS BOOK has hinged on the claim that the over- whelming production of diasporic Iranian life narratives over the past (almost) two decades has been motivated by a nostalgic reflection and remembrance of prerevolutionary Iran. Alongside and, at times, intertwined with these nostalgic narratives is an articulation for human rights in testimonial accounts of suffering. Many of the published memoirs discussed in this book have had notable market success, with a wide readership interested in the genre. For some, particularly a non-Iranian readership, part of their interest in these memoirs emerges from a desire to learn more about an unfamiliar place, Iran, a country that circulates in mainstream media as both mysterious and menacing. For diasporic Iranians, these narratives may reflect their nostalgic longing for “home” or depict their own traumatic experiences of postrevolutionary Iran, and it is the ...

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