Reading More than Lolita in Tehran completely lends itself to be discussed with the same tools usually adopted in analyzing Western modes of life writing-in this case, memoirs-both works still raise the valid and universal question in this field: By drawing on the issues of truth, selectivity, memory, and subjectivity, I argue that "the true self" is disguised by the subject more in Keshavarz's memoir than by Nafisi in Reading Lolita in Tehran, although Keshavarz and a host of other critics, including Hamid Dabashi, hold a different opinion in their belligerent criticisms of Nafisi's book.
She is very American…Was this a compliment? Iranian culture has been one of the oldest and riches one in the world with its literature, art, cinema etc. It is one thing to be critical of a new ruling system, it is another to justify Orientalist stereotypes of Eastern cultures as uncivilized which has no merit and needs to be enlightened by the West.
Her elitist and alien posture in Iran is almost comical. Her comments on cultural practices, such as veiling, resonate with the rhetoric of Western feminists who believe in the supremacy of the West. This memoir would make some sense had it been belonged to a Western JudeoChristian, American or European woman.
Yet again, we should not forget that she is passing for American. For instance she is too surprised when a Muslim man refuses to handshake a woman, which is a century old practice. I am not saying she is critical of the practice; rather she is so shocked and finds it an incomprehensible practice.
As a Muslim woman, I do not observe such taboos like not handshaking, hugging or touching to an opposite gender, however, I respect people who do as the way I respect any people around the world who adopts any practice that I do not.
Secondly, she is cynical of marriages under the Islamic Republic. Does she not know that the practice of arranged marriages is centuries old and not invented by the Islamic Republicans of Iran? It is not even an Islamic practice; rather a cultural one that is prevalent in so many Eastern cultures such as India, China, Africa etc.
Are all arranged marriages with no exception unhappy, oppressive and loveless? Such a generalization only functions to nourish the Oriental stereotypes of Eastern patriarchal family.
Once again, we need to demarcate being critical and propagandist. As an anthropologist I have worked on suffering women who have given away through arranged marriages in Turkey. I am well aware of the fact that any tradition can be adopted in an oppressive fashion, and that we need to educate people to prevent such cases.
However, it is a grave error to make generalized assumptions that all arranged marriages are devoid of mutual love and respect. Nafisi deliberately does this error to take the attention and sympathy of Western feminists.
Is there really a single case of marriage of a nine-year-old in Iran? As we all believe Austen in her observation, so should we believe Nafisi.
Once again, she blatantly plays into the discourse of Western feminism, which has been infamously adopted by colonial and Imperial powers.In “Why Americans Love Azar Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran,” Donadey and Ahmed-Ghosh write about the ironic and unfortunate use of the memoir to bolster U.S. military operations of globalized capital.
Surveying the historical and political context of revolutionary Tehran, Donadey and Ahmed-Ghosh challenge the monolithic portrait of.
In Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi writes about novels: If you don’t enter that world, hold your breath with the characters and become involved in their destiny, you won’t be able to empathize, and empathy is at the heart of the novel. AZAR NAFISI (Author, "Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books"): It was when I was writing my book on Nabokov in Iran, and I kept feeling that this is a new reading of Nabokov because of my life in Tehran.
And I wanted to explain Tehran through "Lolita" and "Lolita" through Tehran.
Praise for Reading Lolita in Tehran “Anyone who has ever belonged to a book group must read this book. Azar Nafisi takes us into the vivid lives of eight women who must meet in secret to explore the forbidden fiction of the West. Azar Nafisi is a Visiting Professor and the executive director of Cultural Conversations at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, where she is a professor of aesthetics, culture, and literature, and teaches courses on the relation between culture and politics.
Remarks by Azar Nafisi Visiting Fellow, John's Hopkins University Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and author of the best- things that fiction does is that it differentiates, it particularized, it brings to your attention the details, the individuals.
was put to her head and she was shot to death because of the fact.