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Lost Selves and Fractured Homelands in Iranian Fiction


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The literature of the Iraqi diaspora is centrally concerned with the wars and political oppression that have fractured Iraq, led to the disintegration of its families and sent its people pouring across the globe as refugees and immigrants. The breakdown of traditional kinship structures in combination with physical displacements have led to new imaginings of Iraq, often from abroad. This lecture will explore the changing definitions of home, homeland and nationalism in modern Iraqi fiction, with special attention to the experiences and identities of refugees