Gender, Nation, and Belonging: Representing Mothers and the Maternal in Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation

  • Mehra Shirazi Oregon State University
  • Patti Duncan Oregon State University
  • Kryn Freehling-Burton
Keywords: Film, Mothering, Transnational Film, Transnational Mothering, Iranian Film,

Abstract

Abstract
In this article, we explore an understanding of gender and motherhood in Asghar Farhadi’s 2011 Oscar winning film, Jodayie Nader az Simin/A Separation, as a contested site where the discourses of gender and nation are constantly being negotiated. We suggest that the film’s unique cinematic language represents a significant contrast to stereotypical portrayals of motherhood in films. Also, by using transnational feminist cinema as a framework, we demonstrate the ways in which Farhadi engages with the relationship between gender and national belonging through a focus on borders, space, and place in contemporary Iran, offering a critique of both fundamentalist nationalist politics and neocolonial Western feminist assumptions.

Résumé
Dans cet article, nous explorons la compréhension du genre et de la maternité dans le film d’Asghar Farhadi, primé aux Oscars de 2011, Jodayie Nader az Simin/A Separation, comme un lieu contesté où les discours sur le genre et la nation sont en constante négociation. Nous suggérons que le langage cinématographique unique du film est un contraste considérable aux représentations stéréotypées de la maternité dans les films. De plus, dans le cadre du cinéma féministe transnational, nous démontrons les façons dont Farhadi explore la relation entre le genre et l’identité nationale en mettant l’accent sur les frontières, l’espace et le lieu en Iran contemporain, offrant une critique des politiques nationalistes fondamentales et des suppositions féministes occidentales néocoloniales.

Author Biographies

Mehra Shirazi, Oregon State University
Assistant Professor Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Patti Duncan, Oregon State University
Associate Professor, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Published
2015-09-30
Section
37.1- Transgressing Borders/Boundaries: Gendering Space and Place