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Author Whitlock, Gillian, 1953-

Title Soft weapons : autobiography in transit / Gillian Whitlock
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007
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Description 1 online resource (x, 248 pages) : illustrations
Contents Arablish : the Baghdad blogger -- The skin of the burka : recent life narratives from Afghanistan -- Testimony incarnate : read my lips -- Branding : the veiled best-seller -- Tainted testimony : the work of scandal -- Embedded : memoir and correspondents -- The pangs of exile : memoir out of Iran -- Bookends : autographics
Summary Azar Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran, Marjane Satrapi's comics, and "Baghdad Blogger" Salam Pax's Internet diary are just a few examples of the new face of autobiography in an age of migration, globalization, and terror. But while autobiography and other genres of life writing can help us attend to people whose experiences are frequently unseen and unheard, life narratives can also be easily co-opted into propaganda. In Soft Weapons, Gillian Whitlock explores the dynamism and ubiquity of contemporary life writing about the Middle East and shows how these works have been packaged, promoted, a
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-231) and index
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Subject Autobiography.
Exiles -- Iran -- Biography -- History and criticism.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Biography -- History and criticism.
Afghanistan -- Biography -- History and criticism.
Middle East -- Biography -- History and criticism.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2006016447
ISBN 0226895270 (electronic bk.)
9780226895277 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(paperback; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(paperback; alk. paper)