Jasmine and Stars: Reading More Than Lolita in Tehran

Jasmine and Stars: Reading More Than Lolita in Tehran

by Fatemeh Keshavarz


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ISBN-13: 9780807859575
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 02/01/2009
Series: Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks
Edition description: 1
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 809,764
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Fatemeh Keshavarz is Roshan Institute Chair in Persian Studies at the University of Maryland. She is author of four previous books, including Reading Mystical Lyric: The Case of Jalal Al-Din Rumi and a volume of poetry.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: What Does the Elephant Look Like? 1

1 The Jasmine, the Stars, and the Grasshoppers 13

2 The Eternal Forough: The Voice of Our Earthly Rebellion 33

3 My Uncle the Painter 59

4 Women without Men: Fireworks of the Imagination 85

5 The Good, the Missing, and the Faceless: What Is Wrong with Reading Lolita in Tehran 109

6 Tea with My Father and the Saints 145

Recommended Reading 167

Index 169

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Keshavarz offers quite a different portrait of Iran's living culture and literary heritage—through her memories, as a native of Shiraz, and through her appreciations of and her reflections on Iranian literature. Her personal insight into Iran will be welcome to a wide range of readers.—Leila Ahmed, author of A Border Passage: From Cairo to America—A Woman's Journey

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Jasmine and Stars: Reading More Than Lolita in Tehran 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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TheReadingWriter More than 1 year ago
Author Keshavarz is absolutely spot-on with her review and criticisms of Reading Lolita in Tehran (RLT). RLT came out with a firm point of view, suggesting that women in Iran were not allowed to develop mature thinking unmolested. This sparked a debate within the literary community in Iran which Keshavarz engages, opening for readers a look into other hearts and minds within the wider literary community in Iran. But the book has a scholarly and instructive feel, and one is put in mind of grading a bright student's master's thesis. She would have gotten a A- I think. An A for making the effort to refute the sloppy thinking in RLT and a minus for not making me want to read it.