SOAS University of London

Centre for Iranian Studies

Fictions of Women in the Public Sphere

Nasrin Rahimieh
Nasrin Rahimieh, University of California, Irvine

Date: 23 October 2018Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 23 October 2018Time: 7:00 PM

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

Type of Event: Lecture

In the wake of the 1979 revolution and the establishment of the Islamic Republic, Iranian women’s public presence was drastically curtailed.  And yet the systematic attempts to constrain women’s role in public life have failed to prevent women from pursuing professional lives and, even more importantly, overcoming economic dependence on men.  Drawing on contemporary short stories and novels by Iranian women writers, this presentation will focus on the literary representation of the paradoxes and ambiguities faced by women in professional and public life.

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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