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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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Exhuming the Beloved, Revising the Past

Exhuming the Beloved, Revising the Past

Lawlessness, Postmodernism, and Heterotopia

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Burying the Beloved
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This chapter examines the changes in literature and works of fiction in Iran after the revolution in the 1970s. It describes how the works of writers such as Shahrnush Parsipur and Moniru Ravanipur utilized the sense of lawlessness to reexamine the conventions and ideals of the social realism that dominated prose fiction before the revolution. The chapter suggests that the works of these writers appropriated the figure of the (dismembered) beloved and the ideal of the companionate wife as a way to express their views on the impact of fiction and historiography in imagining the modern Iranian woman.

Keywords:   literature, fiction, Shahrnush Parsipur, Moniru Ravanipur, lawlessness, social realism, companionate wife, Iranian woman

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