SOAS University of London

Centre for Iranian Studies

From Pre to Post-Revolution Ideals of Womanhood

Nasrin Rahimieh
Nasrin Rahimieh, University of California, Irvine

Date: 18 October 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 18 October 2018Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Lecture

The flourishing of Iranian women’s writing in the wake of 1979 revolution has been much noted and celebrated. What is less scrutinized is whether this phenomenon is a reflection or a by-product of the revolution and what it might reveal about the conditions of women’s belonging to the national imaginary. Focusing on a selection of contemporary prose fiction penned by women, this presentation will explore their representations of women’s self-configuration in the nation.

Nasrin Rahimieh is Howard Baskerville Professor of Humanities and Professor and Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine.

Her teaching and research are focused on modern Persian literature, the literature of Iranian exile and diaspora and contemporary Iranian women’s writing. Among her publications are Missing Persians: Discovering Voices in Iranian Cultural History and Forugh Farrokhzad, Poet Of Modern Iran: Iconic Woman and Feminine Pioneer Of New Persian Poetry, co-edited with Dominic Parviz Brookshaw. Her monograph, Iranian Culture: Representation and Identity, was published by Routledge in September 2015. 

Lecture Programme

Admission Free - All Welcome

Lecture to be preceded by a reception at 6:00pm in the Paul Webley Wing Cloister (Senate House).

Organiser: Centre for Iranian Studies

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