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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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Wedding or Funeral?

Wedding or Funeral?

The Family Protection Law and the Bride's Consent

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(p.41) 2 Wedding or Funeral?
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Burying the Beloved
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804775892.003.0003

This chapter examines Iranian women writers' treatment of marriage. It analyzes Simin Daneshvar's Savushun, the first novel written by a woman; Sadiqeh Dawlatabadi's A Pitiful Tale and Zahra Khanlari's Gawhar; and Badr al-Moluk Bamdad's The Iranian Woman: From the Constitutional Revolution to the White Revolution. The chapter suggests that these works highlight the difficulties which authors encountered when dealing with the increasingly pernicious ideal of the companionate wife, and that Daneshvar's successful introduction of a female protagonist complicated cultural understandings of companionate marriage.

Keywords:   Iranian women writers, marriage, Simin Daneshvar, Savushun, Sadiqeh Dawlatabadi, Pitiful Tale, Zahra Khanlari, Gawhar, White Revolution

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