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Reading Lolita in Tehran Lesson Plan

Introduction to Reading Lolita in Tehran

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books is a national bestseller and a memoir set in Iran from the late 1970s to the late 1990s. It chronicles Azar Nafisi’s work as a professor of Western literature during a time when anything Western was considered decadent and anti-Iranian. She stopped teaching for some time when women were required to wear a veil because she did not want to meet that requirement. She also set up a secret class for seven of her students once she stopped teaching in Iran for good. In this class, the group of women were able to analyze literature in an intimate setting, away from the male gaze, and in doing so, they grew together and came to some important...

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