Censorship in Iran: Ravanipour’s “The Shipwrecked”

Another awesome grad student working on new literature out of Iran. I will be teaching this collection in my Women Writers of the World class in the fall. Can’t wait!

Studies In Post-colonial Literature

“The Shipwrecked” by Moniru Ravanipour is the title story in Fereshteh Nouraie-Simone’s short story collection The Shipwrecked recently published in December 2014. I want to take a moment to emphasize how incredible this collection is. I was recommended this book because it contains several contemporary magical realist stories influenced by social injustices faced by many in post-revolutionary Iran. I knew which stories were relevant to me, but I started reading a few of the others anyway (they aren’t long). Next thing I knew I had finished the book. These are incredible, thought-provoking, troubling, inspiring, and creatively well stories written by brave, amazing women. I know there are a lot of adjectives there, but they are all true. It’s a must-read. Censorship is an issue explored in many of the stories in this collection, but is central in Ravanipour’s “The Shipwrecked.” The Islamic Republic was established in Iran after the Revolution in 1979. Since…

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