Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Story of Love, Books and Revolution

Tauris, 2003 - 347 pàgines
When Azar Nafisi was fired from Tehran University (where she was teaching English literature) because she refused to wear a veil, she gathered a group of her female students and resumed her classes at home, privately and discreetly. There, a group of young women discussed, argued about and communed with Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Henry James, Nabokov and others in the canon of English writers. The surreal picture of reading Lolita, weighing the sexuality of Jane Austen or the American authenticity of Gatsby in the severe aftermath of Iran's Islamic Revolution was not lost on either Nafisi or her students. of these students we enter their lives, investigate their backgrounds and receive an interesting insight into life in contemporary Iran.

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A memoir of the author's time spent teaching modern Western classics in Iran at a time when they were forbidden. This book had several layers of interest for me. First and foremost, was the ... Llegeix la ressenya completa

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Revisió d'Usuari  - Bibliofemmes -

Our first title for the 2018-19 Book Club year. We read this as a "must read" in non-western literature and spent the time discussing the comparisons of loss of freedoms to the current American political trends. The authors parallels to these issues continue to be relevant. Llegeix la ressenya completa

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AZAR NAFISI is a visiting professor and the director of the Dialogue Project at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She has taught Western literature at the University of Tehran, the Free Islamic University, and the University of Allameh Tabatabai in Iran. In 1994 she won a teaching fellowship from Oxford University, and in 1997 she and her family left Iran for America. She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic and has appeared on radio and television programs. Azar's book, Reading Lolita in Tehran, was published in 2003 to wide acclaim.

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