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

Hoda Shabrang


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.


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

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