SOAS University of London

Centre for Iranian Studies

The Politics of 'Women without Men': Novel and Film

Nasrin Rahimieh
Nasrin Rahimieh, University of California, Irvine

Date: 19 October 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 19 October 2018Time: 8:30 PM

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

Type of Event: Lecture

Shahrnush Parsipur’s novel, Women without Men, is arguably the most controversial novel published after the 1979 revolution. It was banned in Iran shortly after its publication, and Parsipur was imprisoned purportedly for the novel’s discussion of women’s sexuality and virginity. The novel has been translated twice into English and has been adapted into a feature film by Shirin Neshat. This presentation will examine the film’s amplification of the novel’s political undercurrents and their implications for understanding gender relations in modern Iran.

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. 

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