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Forgiveness WorkMercy, Law, and Victims' Rights in Iran$
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Arzoo Osanloo

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691172040

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691172040.001.0001

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The Art of Forgiveness

The Art of Forgiveness

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Forgiveness Work

Arzoo Osanloo

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on the forgiveness work of artists, particularly in modern theater and poetry, which partly fills-in and shapes the unregulated spaces of forgiveness work. It considers how art and aesthetics cultivate a feeling of forgiveness, both in the families that hold the key to an offender's life and in the communities whose residents may help to produce new social conditions that render retaliation unacceptable, and even dishonorable. The chapter tracks the performance of a theatrical production in part to show the extensive efforts involved in creating such an experience. By exploring this production and the local tragedy that motivated the artists to stage it, it also investigates the complex array of meanings and the effects that forgiveness work has on the different parties involved. Appeals to empathy are not by themselves action and do not always lead to such. What the chapter offers, instead, is a reflection on actors' attempts at cultivating a broad cultural shift.

Keywords:   forgiveness work, artists, art, forgiveness, retaliation, theater, poetry, empathy

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