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Iranian Diaspora Identities: Stories and Songs combines oral history, storytelling, theories of communication, and performance studies into a unique study of an immigrant community. This book is the result of collaborative work between two Iranian-American immigrants, one a musician and artist and the other a professor. Using ethnographic, dramatistic, and oral history approaches, Ziba Shirazi gathered these stories of diaspora journeys of Iranians living in California and Toronto in the aftermath of the Islamic Revolution of 1979. The editors transcribed these stories and developed them into short performance pieces that include lyrics and songs and were performed in the United States and Canada to thousands of people in theater venues and libraries. These stories constitute a unique archive of the history of contemporary Iranian diaspora experiences. They are autobiographic vignettes that have helped constitute an artistic vision of Iranian exiles’ own sense of community and their migratory experiences that inform the transformations they experienced in family, gender, and spiritual beliefs. In addition to providing an archive of experiences, the book uses social drama and storytelling to advocate for a new methodology for documenting Iranian diaspora accounts. It constitutes a new contribution to the existing literature on Iranian diaspora and furthers an exciting contribution to scholarship in qualitative research in communication studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761871705
Publisher: Hamilton Books
Publication date: 06/11/2020
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.07(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Ziba Shirazi is a poet, singer, songwriter and storyteller best known for her poignant songs and storytelling through poetry. Shirazi created the ongoing project of Story & Song, a lyrical storytelling series of performances, set to live music with video projections featuring stories of Iranian diaspora experiences. Kamran Afary is assistant professor of communication studies at California State University Los Angeles and a registered drama therapist (RDT). He is the author of Performance and Activism: Grassroots Discourse after the Los Angeles Rebellion of 1992.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments A Note on Translations, Monologues, and Stories Introduction: Revolution, War, and the Making of an Iranian Diaspora Literature. Monologues 1. My Rite of Passage and Unexpected Fate Ziba Shirazi 2. The Outsider Fariba Boghraty 3. The Pain of Language Barrier Farrokh Boghraty 4. Senior Life Massy Alavi 5. Lost Identity Nasrin Almasi 6. A Girl with an American Husband Shahla 7. Made in America, Delivered in Iran Shahrzad Safinya 8. Unfulfilled Dreams Shervin 9. A Simple Dream Valentina Nazaretian Stories 10 A Dream of Hope Mahvash Dareshi Gheytanchi Levi 11. Asal (Honey) Homayoun Houshiarnejad 12. Living a Full Life Iran 13. A Space to Design Manijeh Teymouri 14. A Small Suitcase for a Great Escape Modjgan Rashtian 15. The Teacher Sorour Nayeri 16. The First Kiss Vida Ghahremani 17. The Doorbell Ring Zohreh In Place of a Conclusion. A Selective Analysis of the Themes of Iranian Diaspora Bibliography Index About the Editors

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