Naghibi is particularly interested in writing as both an expression of memory and an assertion of human rights. She discovers that writing life narratives contributes to the larger enterprise of righting historical injustices. By drawing on the empathy of the reader/spectator/witness, Naghibi contends, life narratives offer the possibilities of connecting to others and responding with an increased commitment to social justice. The book opens with an examination of how the widely circulated video footage of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan on the streets of Tehran in June 2009 triggered the articulation of life narratives by diasporic Iranians. It concludes with a discussion of the prominent place of the 1979 revolution in these narratives. Throughout, the focus is on works that have become popular in the West, such as Marjane Satrapi’s best-selling graphic novel Persepolis. Naghibi addresses the significant questions raised by these works: How do we engage with human rights and social justice as readers in the West? How do these narratives draw our attention and elicit our empathic reactions? And what is our responsibility as witnesses to trauma, atrocity, and human suffering?
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Table of ContentsContents
Introduction. Righting the Past1. Claiming Neda2. Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Empathic Witnessing: Prison Memoirs 3. Feeling Nostalgic, Feeling Guilty: Remembering Iran in Documentary Film 4. Repetitions of the Past: Marjane Satrapi and Intergenerational Memory5. Revolution, Nostalgia, and Memory in Diasporic Iranian MemoirsConclusion. Testimonial Life NarrativesAcknowledgmentsNotesBibliographyIndex