Jasmine and Stars: Reading More Than Lolita in Tehran

University of North Carolina Press, 07.02.2007 - 350 Seiten
In a direct, frank, and intimate exploration of Iranian literature and society, scholar, teacher, and poet Fatemeh Keshavarz challenges popular perceptions of Iran as a society bereft of vitality and joy. Her fresh perspective on present day Iran provides a rare insight into this rich culture alive with artistic expression but virtually unknown to most Americans. She warns against the rise of what she calls the aNew Orientalist narrative, a which thrives on stereotype and prejudice and is often tied to current geopolitical conflict rather than an understanding of Iran. She offers a lively critique of the recent best-seller Reading Lolita in Tehran, which she says epitomizes this New Orientalist attitude. Blending in firsthand glimpses of her own life Keshavarz paints a portrait of Iran depicting both cultural depth and intellectual complexity.

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Nutzerbericht  - Sheila1957 - LibraryThing

A quick touch of Irani cultural history and what is currently happening there with books and culture. I enjoyed getting a different perspective on what is happening in Irani culture and literature ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - bezoar44 - LibraryThing

I'm glad to have read this. I've only read free samples of Reading Lolita in Tehran (RLT), which Jasmine and Stars criticizes. But, as it will probably be years before I get around to it, I'll capture ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Über den Autor (2007)

Fatemeh Keshavarz, an Iranian American, is professor of Persian and comparative literature and chair of the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures at Washington University in St. Louis. She is author of four previous books, includingReading Mystical Lyric: The Case of Jalal Al-Din Rumiand a volume of poetry.

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