Saturday, October 28, 2006

Lolita in Teheran Controversy

Remember we read and discussed the book, Reading Lolita in Teheran by Azar Nafisi several months ago? There are articles in The Chronicle of Higher Learning criticizing this book.

Hamid Dabashi in Peeking Under The Cover, criticizes the cover of the book. He says that the image of the two women on the cover sugggests that they were reading Lolita when in reality the image was croppped from a news photo and they were reading a reformist newspaper. Ms Nafisi points out that authors do not choose the final cover of their books.

Dabashi has more issues in A Collision of Prose and Politics by Richard Byrne also in The Chronicle.

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