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Burying the Beloved: Marriage, Realism, and Reform in Modern Iran

Amy Motlagh


This book traces the relationship between the law and literature in Iran to reveal the profound ambiguities at the heart of Iranian ideas of modernity regarding women's rights and social status. It reveals how novels mediate legal reforms, and examines how authors have used realism to challenge and re-imagine notions of “the real.” The chapter examines seminal works that foreground acute anxieties about female subjectivity in an Iran negotiating its modernity from the Constitutional Revolution of 1905 up to and beyond the Islamic Revolution of 1979. By focusing on marriage as the central metap ... More

Keywords: marriage, realism, legal reform, women's rights, Iran, social status, novels, female subjectivity, modernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780804775892
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804775892.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy Motlagh, author