How to: Academy present Reading Lolita (in Teheran and beyond) with Azar Nafisi
Wednesday 8th June 18:45 at London - Piccadilly
A rare chance to read Lolita with Azar Nafisi, and relive the world of the secret reading group she created in Tehran while exploring the imagination of the greatest novelist of the twentieth century. A unique masterclass in how to read Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita.
In 2003, Iranian expatriate and Professor of Literature Azar Nafisi published her memoir, Reading Lolita in Tehran. The book described how, every Thursday for two years, Nafisi met with seven of her most committed students to read government banned Western literature in a covert women’s reading group. Lifting their veils, the women immersed themselves in the worlds of Jane Austen, Scott Fitzgerald and – ‘the ultimate forbidden novel’ – Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita.
Lolita, Nafisi discovered, was a metaphor for life in Iran. While Humbert Humbert, Nabokov’s solipsistic narrator, reinvents a young girl, robbing her of identity and history until she has little reality beyond his own dreams, Iran is a regime which imposes their ‘dream upon our reality, turning us into figments of imagination’. Both Humbert Humbert and Islamic Iran commit the ‘crime of solipsizing another person’s life.’For further details and to purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.howtoacademy.com/courses/read-lolita-in-tehran-and-beyond
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