Another Place

Identity, Space, and Transcultural Signification in Goli Taraqqi's Fiction


In Another Place: Identity, Space, and Transcultural Signification in Goli Taraqqi's Fiction, Goulia Ghardashkhani examines the narrative process of the struggle for identification in the short stories of one of the well-established figures of Iranian contemporary prose literature. Goli Taraqqi's narratives of displacement and emigration are approached through a theoretical lens that foregrounds the significance of space and the role of retrospective self-narration in acts of cultural representation.
Ghardashkhani studies Taraqqi's autobiographical narratives with an emphasis on the unstable meanings of homeland and Farang (a culturally constructed term signifying the West) and, thereby, accounts for Taraqqi's ironical style of narration in her memories of homeland recollected in exile.

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Biographical Note

Goulia Ghardashkhani, Ph.D. (2015), University of Marburg, is researcher of Iranian Studies at that university. Her research interest is in modern and contemporary Iranian literature, exile literature, diaspora literature, British travelogues on Iran, and the literature of the Iran-Iraq war.

Table of contents

A Note on Translations

1 Introduction
 Goli Taraqqi: A Committed Writer?
 Two Decades of Silence
 Emigration Literature
 Critical Reception
 Goli Taraqqi’s Fiction: Narratives of Space
 Identity, Space, and Transcultural Significations

2 Entangled Identities: Space, Mobility, Individuation
 The Che Guevara Stories and the Verge of Transition
 Zygmunt Bauman: Disembedding the Self, a Postulated Project
 Surmounting the Communal Structures: Thesis, Antithesis, and the Final Escape
 Corporeal Self-Alteration as a Means to Escape Communal Structures
 Narration: A Way Outwards

3 Displacement: The Problematics of Self-Space and the Trauma of Identification
 Displacement and Its Impact on Representational Practices
 The Problem of Self-Space in Taraqqi’s Stories

4 “Avvalin ruz” and “Akharin ruz:” The Function of Self-Narration
 Narrative Oscillation: The Self in an Alien Environment
 The Relation between Self and Narrativity: An Issue of Debate
 Autobiographical Function: Leaving the Madhouse

5 Homeland Re-Focalized: Shifted Significations and a Less Traumatized Style
 Homi K. Bhabha’s Approach to the Study of Colonial Knowledge
 Goli Taraqqi and Her Authorial Stance within the Third Space

English Translations of the Titles of Taraqqi’s Short Stories


All interested in Iranian contemporary literature, literature of emigration, autobiographical narration, cultural representation, and comparative postcolonial literary studies.