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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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Ain't I a Woman? Domesticity's Other

Ain't I a Woman? Domesticity's Other

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(p.59) 3 Ain't I a Woman? Domesticity's Other
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Burying the Beloved
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804775892.003.0004

This chapter examines the depiction of women's domesticity in fictions by Iranian women writers. It compares Simin Daneshvar's A City Like Paradise and Anis with Goli Taraqqi's The Servant and Amineh's Long Journey. The chapter suggests that Tarraqi's work expressed anxieties about this excluded type of female subjectivity in the form of the female domestic servant, while the works of Daneshvar featured women as the objects of narration. It also argues that Daneshvar's fiction can be considered as simultaneously questioning and reinforcing the dominant narrative modes of the period, and the ideologies of gender and class such modes promote.

Keywords:   women's domesticity, Simin Daneshvar, City Like Paradise, Golu Tarraqi, servant, Amineh's Long Journey, female domestic servant

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