Shattered Identity of Immigrant Artist and Creation of Art in a Hybridized Space: The Case Study of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night




immigration, identity, semiotic, post-colonialism, post-structuralism, paradox of assimilation and difference, hybridized space


In this article, first the “paradox of assimilation and difference” and its consequences will be discussed in  the film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night by Ana Lily Amirpour who is an immigrant Iranian-American director. The aim is to show how her shattered identity as an immigrant is represented in her art. Her movie is an amalgamation of different signs from both cultures. These signs are not completely related to host culture (American) or local culture (Iranian). Although this impossible situation seems very painful at the first glance, it is beneficial for immigrant artist. In this hybridized space, she creates a kind of art which is very innovative and unique, because she is not forced to follow the cliché styles which those cultures are dictating her.

Author Biography

Hoda Shabrang, Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature, English Department, Khatam University, Tehran, Iran.

Dr. Hoda Shabrang is Assistant Professor of English Literature since 2014. She is the author of seven academic books about English Language and Literature and has published nationally and internationally articles, papers, essays and reviews on literary texts and movies.


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How to Cite

Shabrang, H. (2020). Shattered Identity of Immigrant Artist and Creation of Art in a Hybridized Space: The Case Study of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 8(2), 45–61.