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Soft Weapons: Autobiography in Transit

Gillian Whitlock


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. This book explores the dynamism and ubiquity of contemporary life writing about the Middle East and shows how these works have been packaged, promoted, and enlisted in Western c ... More

Keywords: Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita, Tehran, Marjane Satrapi, comics, Baghdad Blogger, Salam Pax, Internet diary, autobiography, migration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226895253
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226895277.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gillian Whitlock, author