Reading Lolita 's Tehr A Memoir

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Part I: Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir In Books “Reading Lolita In Tehran: A Memoir In Books” chronicles the life of Azar Nafisi, (a Professor of English), during her years in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The novel documents Nafisi’s experiences while teaching during the Iranian Revolution in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and her life there until abandoning her home for America in 1997. Much of the book focuses on Nafisi as a professor at the University of Tehran, and, (after her expulsion from there), the Allameh Tabatabai University. Nafisi begins telling her story by sharing with the reader a specific dream that finally came true for her in her last years of teaching in Iran: to hold a private literature workshop with a select group of dedicated female students. Over the course of the first section, Nafisi introduces us to the seven pupils in the group, recreating their discussions about two predominant texts: Nabokov’s “Invitation to a Beheading” and “Lolita.” In doing so, she makes candid connections between the novels read in class and the lives of the women reading them, and by extension, explores the links between literature and reality in general. The women’s covert discussions occurred weekly in Nafisi’s apartment. The women responded to their readings by discussing world politics, religion, and human rights in the context of their own country’s current state. During their meetings they discussed various books, all the while relating them to their own

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