CFP: Iranian American Literature (4/15/06; journal issue)

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Call for Papers for a Special Issue on Iranian American Literature
We are inviting proposals for a special issue on IranianAmerican
Literature, projected for publication in 2008.

The explosion in memoirs written by Iranian women in the last few
years has provided an unprecedented literary introduction into the
lives and experiences of Iranians, whether exiles, immigrants, or in
several cases, second-generation Iranian Americans.
This special issue of MELUS will focus on the emerging literature of
Iranian Americans, (written by both women and men) and will explore
the relationship between literature and Iranian immigration and the
politics of US-Iranian relations in the second half of the 20th
century and the emerging literature of this community at the start of
the 21st century. Possible topics might include:

  Memoir and Women's Narratives
The Fiction of the Iranian Revolution
The Return Narrative to Iran
  Growing Up Iranian/Growing Up American
  Expatriates and Exiles
  Iranian American Poetry

We welcome proposals that discuss the emergence of Iranian American
literature (including Canada) and explore the role of literature in
creating a public Iranian identity in North America. Please submit a
2-page abstract to Persis Karim at and Nasrin
Rahimieh at by no later than April 15, 2006.

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