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9783895008061

Editors: Milich, Stephan; Pannewick, Friederike; Tramontini, Leslie

Conflicting Narratives: War, Trauma and Memory in Iraqi Culture

2012
17.0 x 24.0 cm, 286 p., hardback
69,00 €

ISBN: 9783895008061
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Short Description

This volume deals with the Iraqi cultural production under and after Baathist rule, a research field which, in comparison to Iraqi history and politics, has attracted relatively scant scholarly attention. The contributors depict the impact of dictatorship, sanctions, and successive wars on Iraqi culture, analyze the predominant narratives and counter-narratives in Iraqi culture, as well as considering the effect of the demographic shift to exile and diaspora. Further contributions deal with the fragmentation of Iraq’s political culture and artistic representations of diverse identities and historical memories. And last but by no means least, the volume asks how the strategies of those intellectuals who supported and legitimized official politics during the Baathist rule can be approached and studied critically with a view to gaining a better understanding of how official culture functioned.

Series Description

Literatures in Context is a peer-reviewed book series devoted to Near Eastern and North African literatures. The editors want the title of the series to be understood programmatically. They presuppose a concept of world literature that includes Near Eastern and North African literatures. What is more, they assume that literatures are in many ways marked by intertextuality, that they constitute readings of extremely diverse earlier texts, and that they are posited within a field of tensions, much broader than their respective national language. For the earlier eras of Near Eastern and North African literatures, this field of tensions geographically covers the regions of the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean and Asia Minor. In modern times, it has become a space of interaction that has long since included “global” Western literatures (and realities). This does not imply that the modern Near Eastern and North African literatures have severed themselves from their predecessors. Instead it is precisely the tension between different sets of references in modern Near Eastern and North African literatures, or their “local historical context”, which is a great part of their attraction, that remains a crucial field of research for the modern scholar.

Keywords

20th century, c 1900 to c 1999 (69) || 21st century, c 2000 to c 2100 (12) || Cultural & media studies (221) || Cultural studies (203) || Early 21st century c 2000 to c 2050 (4) || Iraq (29) || Later 20th century c 1950 to c 1999 (13) || Literary studies: general (103) || Literature: history & criticism (150) || Literaturwissenschaft (60) || Middle East (364) || Orientalische Sprachen (13) || Political leaders & leadership (3) || Political structure & processes (15) || Political structures: totalitarianism & dictatorship || Politics & government (65) || Population & demography (10) || Society & culture: general (306) || Sociology (21) || Sociology & anthropology (102)