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New Texts Out Now: Kamran Rastegar, Surviving Images: Cinema, War, and Cultural Memory in the Middle East
Kamran Rastegar, Surviving Images: Cinema, War, and Cultural Memory in the Middle East. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Kamran Rastegar (KR): I tend to agree with the adage that all (or perhaps, the best) scholarship is in one sense or another autobiographical, and my own childhood experiences in Iran during the Iran-Iraq war certainly set a backdrop for a long interest I have had in war and post-war ...Keep Reading »
Fasl-e Karkadan [Rhino Season]. Directed by Bahman Ghobadi. Iraq/Turkey, 2012. Falgoosh. Directed by Mohammadreza Farzad. Iran, 2012. Post-revolutionary nations, in particular those with strong state-sponsored cultural organs, very frequently have done much to advance the commemoration of revolutionary moments central to their national narratives. In Egypt, the post-1952 state invested in the cultural memory of not only Free Officers movement, but also that of the 1919 ...Keep Reading »
My Father is Still a Communist. Dir. Ahmad Ghossein, (Lebanon, 2011, 32’) The transient circulations of bodies for labor constitutes a hidden history of the late-20th century world, with an accumulation of yet unspoken stories of abuse and struggle, exploitation and protest, inscribed in the letters that cross continents to speak of home. In March 2012 in Bkfaya Lebanon, at a cardboard factory in a rough-scrub industrial area, 50 Nepalese and Indian workers engage in ...Keep Reading »
Kamran Rastegar is Associate Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at Tufts University. He is the author of Surviving Images: Cinema, War, and Cultural Memory in the Middle East (Oxford, 2015) and Literary Modernity Between the Middle East and Europe: Transactions in Nineteenth-Century Arabic, Persian, and English Literatures (Routledge, 2007).