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Burying the BelovedMarriage, Realism, and Reform in Modern Iran$
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Amy Motlagh

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804775892

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804775892.001.0001

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Dismembering and Re -membering the Beloved

Dismembering and Re -membering the Beloved

How the Civil Code Remade Marriage and Marriage Remade Love

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Burying the Beloved
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804775892.003.0002

This chapter examines how two canonical novels influenced the reforms of the 1931 Marriage Law and the 1936 Mandatory Unveiling Act: Sadeq Hedayat's The Blind Owl and Bozorg Alavi's Her Eyes. It explains that these novels share a similar interest in revising marriage as a plot element which can dramatically rewrite reality and influenced the marriage reforms by making a distinction between two types of marriage, hierogamy and wedlock. The chapter also argues that they share a common preoccupation with the fraught transformation of the figure of the beloved of classical poetry into a public, heterosexual partner and precursor to the role of wife.

Keywords:   1931 Marriage Law, Mandatory Veiling Act, Iran, Blind Owl, Sadeq Hedayat, Her Eyes, Bozorg Alavi, marriage, hierogamy, wedlock

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