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Reading Lolita In Tehran - A Memoir In Books…
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Reading Lolita In Tehran - A Memoir In Books (urspr publ 2003; utgåvan 2003)

av Azar Nafisi (Författare)

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I mitten av 1990-talet kunde Azar Nafisi inte längre undervisa vid universitetet i Teheran. Hon samlade då sju kvinnliga litteraturstudenter hemma hos sig en gång i veckan för att studera förbjuden västerländsk litteratur. Gruppen utvecklades till en motståndscell där allt kunde ventileras i ljuset av litteraturen.… (mer)
Medlem:EIU-WomensStudies
Titel:Reading Lolita In Tehran - A Memoir In Books
Författare:Azar Nafisi (Författare)
Info:Random House (2003), Edition: Later Printing, 347 pages
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Totalitarian regimes tend to believe everything about reading is bad. An uninformed, incurious population is much easier to control. Theocracies, too, tend to be interested in suppression of alternate ideas. So a totalitarian theocracy, like the modern-day Republic of Iran, is doubly suspicious of books. So when native Iranian but American-educated former university professor Azar Nafisi starts teaching Western literary classics to a small group of past students in her home, she's doing more than assembling a book club with promising young minds. She can't even get enough black market copies of Lolita for everyone to have one...some of the girls use photocopies to read from.

Nafisi uses four major works of the literary canon as lenses through which to tell her story: the titular Lolita, The Great Gatsby, Daisy Miller, and Pride and Prejudice. She touches relatively briefly on her childhood in Iran, her emigration to the United States to study, and her brief, unhappy first marriage followed by her second, much better one. The book spends much more time discussing life when she returns to Iran with her husband and begins teaching as the Islamic Revolution unfolds, and the restrictions on female and literary life under the ayatollahs.

Nafisi has a unique perspective on the Islamic Revolution as both insider (she was born and spent a large portion of her childhood in Iran, and married a fellow Persian and moved back) and outsider (she spent her early adulthood in the United States and got a Western education before she came back). It's fascinating and horrifying to read about how women's roles and rights were pushed back and back as time went on...Nafisi is never run out of the workplace per se, but she is threatened with an anonymous note and was subject to constant harassment over not wearing her headscarf properly, and eventually decides that continuing to teach is more trouble than it's worth. As she watches her students struggle to make their own lives and raises her daughter, it becomes obvious to her that she can't stay in Iran even though she doesn't want to leave, either.

It's useful to come in with a working comprehension of the novels Nafisi focuses on, since she discusses them and how their themes relate to situations she deals with at length. I'd read three of the four coming in (no Daisy Miller for me), and while it's certainly possible to understand the book without the literary references, it's definitely richer and deeper if you can follow along. For the most part I enjoyed the way she used the focus novels, though I did get a little irritated in the section on Lolita when she claimed repeatedly that she wasn't comparing the ayatollahs to Humbert and Iranian women to Lolita and then went on to do just that over and over. I think it's an interesting and valid way to look at Lolita, but if you're going to go there don't pretend that's not what you're trying to do. On the whole, though, it's a very interesting memoir, especially for a bookish audience! ( )
  ghneumann | Jun 14, 2024 |
Azar Afisi's memoir makes a good case for reading the classics of Western literature no matter where you are. Her perspectives on her students' plight, the ongoing struggle of Iranian citizens, and her country's violent transformation into an Islamic state will provide valuable insights to anyone interested in current international events. ( )
  Rasaily | Jun 9, 2024 |
A memoir of life in Tehran under the Islamic Republic during the 1980s and 1990s from the point of view of a secular, liberal member of the intelligentsia.

Nafisi is a professor of English literature, and the best parts of the book are the scenes of Iranian students in the early days of the revolution, and later in Nafisi's private study group in the late 1990s, reacting to the novels she loves and teaches. The classroom "trial" of The Great Gatsby, in which an ardent Islamic revolutionary student condems the book as a part of the decadent and immoral West, while another student argues in defense of its moral value, was a high point. Nafisi's drawing of a parallel between Humbert's "pinning" of Lolita and forcing her to be the person of his own imagination and what Nafisi sees as a similar act by Khomeini and the Islamic Republic in forcing Iranians to conform to their fantasies of how people should behave also struck me as interesting.

But there was less of that than I would have thought, and more of Nafisi's own condemnations and rants against the Islamic regime and its supporters and how it all made her feel. And most of the book's scenes with her small private study group of women equally alienated from the regime is spent complaining about their lives and the government, rather than discussing literature. Though to be sure, they have plenty to complain about, no argument there.

The book is interesting and worth reading, but I do wish Nafisi could have toned down her obviously strong impulse to write about "how the Islamic Republic made me continually feel depressed" and concentrated somewhat more on the actual works of English literature and how her students responded to them in their particular, much different, society.

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  lelandleslie | Feb 24, 2024 |
Difficult subject to read about. Reading it in 2024 makes it feel a bit dated since it is gotten so much worse for women. ( )
  kakadoo202 | Feb 18, 2024 |
Voglio iniziare questa recensione ringraziando Azar Nafisi, perché una dichiarazione d’amore così bella nei confronti della letteratura mi ha sciolto il cuore e mi ha ricordato con forza perché leggere è un’esperienza tanto appagante.

Avevo paura che Leggere Lolita a Teheran mi avrebbe annoiato perché non avevo letto gran parte dei libri citati; e invece, da brava insegnante, Nafisi mi ha fatto solo venire voglia di leggere ancora di più. Ammetto però che non vi troverete nessuna novità in tema di interpretazione delle opere, quindi se siete del mestiere è possibile che in alcuni punti vi annoierete.

I momenti che ho preferito sono quelli nei quali si vede il potere della letteratura, la sua capacità di abbattere le barriere, di farci andare laddove da solə avremmo troppa paura ad addentrarci. La letteratura, lasciata libera di esprimersi, non conosce pudori, diktat o manicheismo: quanto di piace – e quanto riesce a metterci a disagio – la sua capacità di farci vedere la complessità del mondo senza bisogno di spiegarla, semplicemente mostrandocela.

Altrimenti perché spaventerebbe così tanto i regimi di tutto il mondo e di tutte le epoche? Ci ricordiamo sempre del potere della letteratura quando ci viene portata via: fino ad allora pare che la lettura sia solo un passatempo da perdigiorno, da gente annoiata che nella vita non fatica abbastanza. E invece la lettura è una di quelle attività che rendono la vita bella, ricca e piacevole: se non ha la considerazione che merita, qualcosa non va. Ne sappiamo qualcosa anche noi... ( )
  lasiepedimore | Jan 12, 2024 |
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The charismatic passion in the book is not simply for literature itself but for the kind of inspirational teaching of it which helps students to teach themselves by applying their own intelligence and emotions to what they are reading.
tillagd av mikeg2 | ändraThe Guardian, Paul Allen (Sep 13, 2003)
 
[A]n eloquent brief on the transformative powers of fiction--on the refuge from ideology that art can offer to those living under tyranny, and art's affirmative and subversive faith in the voice of the individual.
tillagd av jburlinson | ändraNew York Times, Michiko Kakutani (Mar 15, 2003)
 
A spirited tribute both to the classics of world literature and to resistance against oppression.
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