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"I feel I am the wandering Jew who has no place to which she belongs. I thought I could settle down, but can't imagine staying. Whenever I bought a bar of soap and two came in the package, I thought there would be no need to buy a package of two because I would never last through the second. Why? Because I knew I was returning to Iran -- tomorrow. So too, I would buy the smallest size of toothpastes and jars of oil. Putting down roots here is an impossibility."

These are the words of one Iranian emigre, driven from Tehran by the revolution of 1979. They are echoed time and again in this powerful portrayal of loss and survival. Impelled by these word and her own concerns about nationality and identity, Zohreh Sullivan has gathered together here the voices of sixty exiles and emigres. The speakers come from various ethnic and religious backgrounds and range in age from thirteen to eighty-eight. Although most are from the middle class, they work in a variety of occupations in the United States. But whatever their differences, here they engage in remembering the past, producing a discourse about their lives, and negotiating the troubled transitions from one culture to another.

Unlike man  other Iranian oral history projects, Exiled Memories looks at the reconstruction of memory and identity through diasporic narratives, through a focus on the Americas rather than on Iran. The narratives included here reveal the complex ways in which events and places transform identities, how overnight radical s become conservatives, friends become enemies, the strong become weak. Indeed, the narratives themselves serve this function -- serving to transfer or transform power and establish credibility. They reveal a diverse group of people in the process of knitting the story of themselves with the story of the collective after it  has been torn apart.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface, or, How I Started Story Gathering
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ixx-xx
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  1. Iran and the United States: A Chronology
  2. pp. 221-xxvi
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  1. Chapter 1. Introduction: Fabricating Identity
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. Chapter 2. There: Remembering Home
  2. p. 21
  1. Zia AshrafNasr
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  1. Pari (pseud.)
  2. pp. 33-42
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  1. Mohamad Tavakoli
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  1. Lily
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  1. Hamid Naficy
  2. pp. 59-64
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  1. Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa
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  1. Afsaneh Najmabadi
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  1. Tahereh (pseud.)
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  1. Homa Sarshar
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  1. Mandana (pseud.)
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  1. Roqeyeh Arbat Kazemi
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  1. Fereydoun Safizadeh
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  1. Rebwar Kurdi (pseud.)
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  1. Jahan Kurd (pseud.)
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  1. Daryoosh
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  1. Kambys Shirazi (pseud.)
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  1. Keyvan
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  1. Soheyl (pseud.)
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  1. Ali Behdad [Includes Image Plates]
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  1. Chapter 3. Revolution: Narrating Upheaval
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  1. Faranak
  2. pp. 133-137
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  1. Pari (pseud.)
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  1. Lily
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  1. Homa Sarshar
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  1. Mandana (pseud.)
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  1. Afsaneh Najmabadi
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  1. Tahereh (pseud.)
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  1. Mrs. Ghandsaz (pseud.)
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  1. Zia Ashraf Nasr
  2. p. 162
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  1. Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa
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  1. Barbod
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  1. Rebwar Kurdi (pseud.)
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  1. Kambys Shirazi (pseud.)
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  1. Mehrdad Haghighi
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  1. Yahya (pseud.)
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  1. Professor Ali (pseud.)
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  1. Fereydoun Safizadeh
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  1. Keyvan
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  1. Ali Behdad
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  1. Soheyl (pseud.)
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  1. Chapter 4. Here: Reconstructing Migration and Exile
  2. pp. 201-207
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  1. Rebwar Kurdi (pseud.)
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  1. Barbod
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  1. Mehrdad Haghighi
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  1. Lily
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  1. Homa Sarshar
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  1. Mandana (pseud.)
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  1. Professor Ali (pseud.)
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  1. Yahya (pseud.)
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  1. Pari (pseud.)
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  1. Afsaneh Najmabadi
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  1. Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa
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  1. Tahereh (pseud.)
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  1. Hamid Naficy
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  1. Ramin Sobhan (pseud.)
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  1. Ali Behdad
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  1. Zia Ashraf Nasr
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  1. Susan Bazargan
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  1. Chapter 5. Epilogue
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  1. Notes
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  1. Select Bibliography
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781439906415
Related ISBN(s)
9781566398428, 9781566398435
MARC Record
OCLC
794701392
Pages
325
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No

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