In this Book

summary
The Iran-Iraq War was the longest conventional war of the 20th century. The memory of it may have faded in the wake of more recent wars in the region, but the harrowing facts remain: over one million soldiers and civilians dead, millions more permanently displaced and disabled, and an entire generation marked by prosthetic implants and teenage martyrdom. These same facts have been instrumentalized by agendas both foreign and domestic, but also aestheticized, defamiliarized, readdressed and reconciled by artists, writers, and filmmakers across an array of identities: linguistic (Arabic, Persian, Kurdish), religious (Shiite, Sunni, atheist), and political (Iranian, Iraqi, internationalist). Official discourses have unsurprisingly tried to dominate the process of production and distribution of war narratives. In doing so, they have ignored and silenced other voices.  

Centering on novels, films, memoirs, and poster art that gave aesthetic expression to the Iran-Iraq War, the essays gathered in this volume present multiple perspectives on the war’s most complex and underrepresented narratives. These scholars do not naively claim to represent an authenticity lacking in official discourses of the war, but rather, they call into question the notion of authenticity itself. Finding, deciding upon, and creating a language that can convey any sort of truth at all—collective, national, or private—is the major preoccupation of the texts and critiques in this diverse collection.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Introduction
  2. Arta Khakpour, Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami, and Shouleh Vatanabadi
  3. pp. 1-8
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Part I. Transnational Contexts: Interconnected Histories, Geographies, and Languages
  1. 1. Narratives of Borders and Beyond
  2. Shouleh Vatanabadi
  3. pp. 11-19
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. 2. Lost Homelands, Imaginary Returns: The Exilic Literature of Iranian and Iraqi Jews
  2. Ella Shohat
  3. pp. 20-58
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Part II. Theorizing Cultural Expressions of War
  1. 3. Treacherous Memory: Bashu the Little Stranger and the Sacred Defense
  2. Kamran Rastegar
  3. pp. 61-87
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. 4. War Veterans Turned Writers of War Narratives
  2. M. R. Ghanoonparvar
  3. pp. 88-102
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. 5. Between Betrayal and Steadfastness: Iraqi Prisoners of War Narrate Their Lives
  2. Dina Rizk Khoury
  3. pp. 103-119
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. 6. Stepping Back from the Front: A Glance at Home Front Narratives of the Iran-Iraq War in Persian and Arabic Fiction
  2. Amir Moosavi
  3. pp. 120-137
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. 7. Not a Manifesto: The Languages of Aggression
  2. Michael Beard
  3. pp. 138-160
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Part III. War Through Visual Representations
  1. 8. All’s Not Quiet on the Western Front: Graphic Arts in the Iranian War Effort
  2. Peter Chelkowski
  3. pp. 163-175
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. 9. Shadows of War: An Overview of Iranian War Films from 1980 to 1988
  2. Marjan Riahi, translated by Arta Khakpour
  3. pp. 176-190
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Part IV. Literary Narratives of War
  1. 10. Representation of the Iran-Iraq War in Kurdish Fiction
  2. Mardin Aminpour
  3. pp. 193-205
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. 11. Editing (Virayesh) as a Movement of Resistance during the Iran-Iraq War
  2. Farzaneh Farahzad
  3. pp. 206-216
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. 12. Narratives of Silence: Persian Fiction of the 1980–1988 Iran-Iraq War
  2. Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami
  3. pp. 217-236
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Appendix A: Only the Dead Witnessed the End of the War
  2. Ali Bader, translated by Amir Moosavi
  3. pp. 237-245
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Appendix B: My Brother’s Blue Eyes
  2. Marjan Riahi, translated by Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami
  3. pp. 246-249
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Appendix C: Two Poems
  2. Sinan Antoon, translated by Sinan Antoon
  3. pp. 250-251
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Appendix D: A Chapter from The Pomegranate Alone
  2. Sinan Antoon, translated by Sinan Antoon
  3. pp. 252-257
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Appendix E: A Letter to the Saad Family
  2. Habib Ahmadzadeh, translated by Paul Sprachman
  3. pp. 258-264
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Select Bibliography
  2. pp. 265-270
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 271-276
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Index
  2. pp. 277-290
  3. restricted access Download |

Additional Information

ISBN
9781479883844
Related ISBN
9781479841585
MARC Record
OCLC
961826081
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2017-11-11
Language
English
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.