The freedom of the imagination, the value of the literature, the woman. Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Teheran

Journal title INTERAZIONI
Author/s Cristina Bonucci
Publishing Year 2020 Issue 2020/1 Language Italian
Pages 5 P. 145-149 File size 123 KB
DOI 10.3280/INT2020-001011
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Reading Lolita in Teheran is an autobiographical novel. For two years (1979-1981) the author, Azar Nafisi, professor of Anglo-American literature in Teheran, every Thursday morning gathers, her pupils, seven young women, only women, in living room of her home, to read forbidden fiction authors: Nabokov, James, Austen, Fitzgerald. The meetings are clan-destine because, under the Ayatollah Khomeini’s regime, those books are considered the mir-ror of blasphemous western culture.

Keywords: Censorship, coercion, literature, imagination, freedom.

Cristina Bonucci, La libertà dell’immaginazione, il valore della letteratura, la donna. Azar Nafisi, Leggere Lolita a Teheran in "INTERAZIONI" 1/2020, pp 145-149, DOI: 10.3280/INT2020-001011